Megan Young is Crowned Miss World 2013

Megan Young won the Miss World 2013 crown on Saturday night in Bali, Indonesia.

Young is the first-ever Filipino winner of the title since the Philippines’ debut in the pageant in 1966.

The 23-year-old actress bested 126 other international candidates to become the successor of China’s Wenxia Yu, who conferred the crown on Young at the pageant’s culminating event held at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center.

France’s Marine Lorphelin finished second, while Ghana’s Carranzar Shooter placed third. Completing the Top 6 were Spain’s Elena Ibarbia, Brazil’s Sancler Frantz, and Gibraltar’s Jessica Baldachino (People’s Choice).

The event was hosted by Miss Scotland 2012 Jennifer Reoch and Mister World 2010 Kamal Ibrahim, the coronation night featured cultural numbers, as well as performances from British boyband Blue.

Her win was bolstered by her strong showing in various pre-pageant challenges, including the Top Model competition, which she won; the Beach Fashion tilt, where she ranked fifth; and the Multimedia Contest, where she placed fourth.

She was also one of the few candidates who had a solo spot in performing a dance from their respective countries.

Young, for her number, showcased the Maranao dance Singkil.

Other preliminary competition winners recognized on Saturday were Netherlands’ Jacqueline Steenbeek, for the Sports Challenge; Brazil’s Frantz, Beach Fashion; India’s Navneet Dhillon, Multimedia; and Nepal’s Ishani Shrestha, Beauty with a Purpose.

Young also zoomed up in rankings after her performance in the Question & Answer portion, where all top six candidates were asked, ‘Why should you become Miss World?’

Thanking the Indonesian audience in their native language, Young, who wore a pink Francis Libiran gown, brought up the “core values” of Miss World and how she hopes to embody these “to help society.”

Before giving her answer, there was the strong cheer for her from the audience, who were waiting for her profile reel to be set up.

It initially showed a different candidate and Young quipped that she actually brought half of the Philippines there.

A tearful Young thanked her countrymen, exclaiming to the audience and she said thank you.

Other notable Filipinas in Miss World are Evangeline Pascual, who placed second in 1973; Ruffa Gutierrez, 2nd runner-up in 1993; and Carlene Aguilar, Top 15 in 2005.