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Miss Universe 1996, Alicia Machado,"Miss Piggy" is back in the headlines


Donald Trump and Miss Universe 1996, Alicia Machado, during the latter reign as Miss Universe

Alicia Machado became an American citizen just in time to vote against Donald Trump in the US Presidential election in November. It's that time that she's been long waiting for.

Alicia Machado was Miss Venezuela 1995 and represented her country at the 1996 Miss Universe pageant. She was crowned Miss Universe on May 17, 1996 at Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The pageant originally was scheduled to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. However, for financial reasons, South Africa couldn't host the pageant and Miss Universe was moved to Las Vegas.
Alicia Machado being crowned by Miss Universe 1995 Chelsi Smith of USA
But after winning the crown, Machado gained weight. She was then called names by Donald Trump, the executive producer of the said pageant.

Trump called me "Miss Piggy"  and "Miss Housekeeping".

"I know what I left with him and he knows, too. And he was really aggressive. He was really rude. He was a bad person with me," she told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "That is the story that I need to share with my community. We cannot accept no more insults for my Latin community. No more insults for the women. I know very well Mr. Trump and I can see the same person that I met 20 years ago."

Miss Universe 1996, Alicia Machado working out in fron of the media.

"There are reports that Trump surrogates tonight have been referencing and been pointing to ... about an incident in 1998 in Venezuela where you were accused of driving a getaway car from a murder scene. You were never charged with this. The judge in the case also said you threatened to kill him after he indicted your boyfriend for the attempted murder. I just want to give you a chance to respond these reports," Cooper said.

Machado responded: "He can say whatever he wants to say. I don't care. You know, I have my past, of course everybody has a past. And I'm no saint girl. But that is not the point now ... (Trump) was really rude with me, he tried to destroy my self esteem. And now I'm a voice in the Latin community. I'm in a great moment in my life and I have a very clear life. And I can show my taxes."

Jeslyn Santos wins Miss United Continents

Miss United Continents 2016, Jeslyn Santos

23, year-old Jeslyn Santos was crowned Miss United Continents 2016 on September 24, 2016 during the pageant finale held at the Palacio De Cristal in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Santos, bested 27 other delegates from around the world after she delivered an all Spanish message during the final question and answer round.

Jeslyn Santos, Miss United Continents 2016


Mette Riis Sørensen from Denmark was adjudged first runner-up, Lopamudra Raut of India, second runner-up, Taynara Gargantini of Brazil, third runner-up, Cynthia Duque of Mexico and Rita Silvestre of Panama were the fourth and fifth runners-up respectively.

Completing the Sem-finalists were: 

Colombia - Ana María Landaeta
Dominicana República Dominicana - Jennifer Cruz
Sudáfrica - Neena Bezuidenhout
Thailand - Boonyanee Sangpirom

Special Awards:

Miss Friendship - China
Miss Photogenic - Mexico
Best in National Costume - India

San Pablo City's bet named Mister International Philippines 2016

Mister International Philippines 2016

The country's premier and the most prestigious male pageant named its winners during the pageant finals held last night at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.

27 dashing men from around the country and the Filipino-Community abroad competed for the 6 tittles at stake; Mister International Philippines, Manhunt International Philippines Man of the World Philippines, Man of the Year Philippines, Mister Asian Philippines and the newest addition Mister Supranational Philippines.

Man of the World Philippines 2016

Top bet, Miguel Guia of San Pablo City, Laguna, a professional model tagged as "Responsible son ng Laguna" was named Mister International Philippines 2016. He will be competing in the Mister International 2016 to be held in Thailand. Guia was also awarded some special awards; Mister One Canvas, Mister Resorts World, and Mister Lee Cooper.

Manhunt International Philippines 2016

Police Inspector, Christopher Dulagan of Cordillera won the Man of the World Philippines title. He will be competing in the inaugural edition of he Man of the World pageant. Gasoline Boy, CJ Querol won the Manhunt International Philippines 2016 title. The comeback king AR Dela Serna won the Mister Supranational Philippines 2016 title. AR will be competing in Poland to the inaugural Mister Supranational pageant.

Mister Supranational Philippines 2016

Issa Janda of Polangui, Albay won the Man of the Year Philippines 2016. He will be vying for a back-to-back victory in the Man of the Year 2017 pageant. Karan Singhdole of the Philippines is the reigning Man of the Year. Issa also won the Best in formal wear. Negros Occidental's bet, Vincent Jarina won the Mister Asian Philippines title. While Jeremiah Nicholas of the Filipino Community of Melbourne and Roshon Barman of Biliran Island, were the 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively.

Man of the Year Philippines 2016

Completing the top 15 finalists were; Ichin Daclan of General Santos City, Prince De Guzman of Fairview, Quezon City, Gerald Fullante of Camarines Sur, Mark Villaflores of Dumaguete, Casius Panopio of Batangas, Bob Royo of Sibuyan Island, and Randy Ramos of Davao Del Norte.

Mister Asian Philippines 2016

Watch: Miss Bicolandia 2016 Coronation Night (Replay)

Miss Bicolandia is the oldest running beauty pageant in Bicol Region, Philippines. It is held during the Peñafrancia Festival in September in Naga City and is run by the city government.

Miss Bicolandia 2016 was held on the 7th of September 2016. 

Miss Bicolandia 2016 complete list of winners: 
Bicolandia 2016 - Jian Cayla A. Salazar (Candidate No. 2)
1st Runner-Up - Mary Joy Dacudao (Candidate No. 19))
2nd Runner Up - Kathleen Mae A. Lausingco (Candidate No. 18)
3rd Runner Up - Marie Sherry Ann A. Tormes (Candidate No. 7)
4th Runner Up - Danica Theresa A. Dilla (Candidate No. 20)



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