Palace lauds Shamcey Supsup-A A +A
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
MANILA (Updated 1:40 p.m.) -- Malacañang congratulated Philippines’ pride Shamcey Supsup for grabbing the third runner-up award in the prestigious Miss Universe 2011 beauty pageant held at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday (Manila time).
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said with the humility and intellect showed by Supsup during the pageant, she is still the winner for the Filipino people.
“The humility, intellect, and grace that you exhibited during the competition embodied the spirit of the true Filipina; and in our eyes that is the true victory today – that the world stood witness to and found an appreciation for the ideals, values and beauty that has long characterized our nation,” Lacierda said.
Lacierda said President Benigno Aquino III described Supsup as woman with “beauty and brains.”
“May this triumph serve as a way for other nations to come to appreciate not just the beauty of our people, but that of our country. On behalf of the Filipino people, we are proud of you; and we see even greater things ahead of you,” he added.
Supsup, a native of General Santos City, competed with more than 80 stunning ladies and received overwhelming support not just from the Philippines but also from the Filipino communities around the world.
The 25-year-old business student from Angola, Leila Lopes, was crowned as Miss Universe 2011. The pageant also named Ukraine's Olesya Stefanko as first runner-up, Brazil's Priscila Machado (second runner-up), and Luo Zilin of China (fourth runner-up).
During the question-and-answer portion, judge Vivica A. Fox asked Supsup, "Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person you love? Why or why not?"
Supsup answered: "If I would have to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love because the first person that I love is God, who created me. I have my faith and my principles, and this is what makes me who I am. If the person loves me, he'll love my God too."
The Filipina beauty was also an early favorite in the competition. She was called as the 15th candidate included in the Top 16, seventh in the Top 10 and second on the final five contestants.
Supsup received the second highest fan votes for the swimsuit and evening gown competitions. She was also voted as the number one fan favorite online.
Supsup graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman campus with a degree in Architecture and topped the board examination last year.
Contestants from 89 nations on six continents spent the past three weeks in Sao Paulo, trying to learn samba dance steps, visiting impoverished children and kicking a football around for cameras as the globe's biggest beauty contest is held in Brazil for the first time.
The pageant was hosted by NBC "Today" anchor Natalie Morales and the Bravo network's Andy Cohen. Judges were celebrities including Connie Chung, supermodel Isabeli Fontana, Indy race car driver Helio Castroneves, Vivica Fox, Adrienne Maloof, Amelia Vega and Philippine international singer Lea Salonga. (Jill Beltran/Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)