Miss World 2016 winner is Puerto Rico! Philippines' Catriona Gray got robbed?

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Miss World 2016 winner has just been crowned in the US, and she is surprisingly Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie del Valle Diaz, winning over 116 other contestants.

Miss Puerto Rico was able to beat heavy favorite Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, who certainly gave the best answer in the Q and A round, but sadly failed to win the crown, and placed only 4th.

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray loses Miss World 2016 crown to Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle. She's photographed getting emotional after the announcement. Many believe the Filipina beauty is the real winner. (photos credit to Sash Factor and Miss World Organisation)

Here's how Ms. Philippines Catriona Gray gave a phenomenal answer during the Q&A.

Question from Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna: "Which qualities do you think it will take to wear the crown?"

Miss Philippines answered: "I think, first of all, it takes bravery. To be a Miss world, to carry a burning torch, it is an action carried out by one to illuminate the lives of many and I would dedicate my whole self, my love for the arts and my voice to trying to uplift, empower and educate people and it would be my greatest honor and duty to hold this torch high enough so that all the world could feel and see its light."

As it turned out, the fantastic answer she gave didn't matter at all (or perhaps didn't please the judges) and a Top 5 (3rd Princess) placement was the highest she could get.

Before landing on the Top 5, Miss Philippines performed extremely well in the fast-track challenges. She was the Multimedia Challenge winner, 2nd Place in Talent and among the Top 5 in Beauty with a Purpose challenge.

Puerto Rico on one hand managed only to earn significant merits in the Talent Challenge event where she was among the Top 21.

First Runner Up or 1st Princess was another Caribbean beauty Yaritza Reyes from the Dominican Republic, who was a Top 10 semifinalist in Miss Universe 2013.

credit to MWO

The 2nd Princess meanwhile was the Beauty with a Purpose winner, Miss Indonesia Natasha Mannuela.

In the Top 5 were Misses Kenya (Evelyn Thungu) and Philippines (Catriona Gray, Multimedia winner). These two I guess deserved higher placements.

Top 11 semifinalists were: Belgium (Lenty Frans), Brazil (Beatrice Fontoura), China PR (Jing Kong, Top Model winner), Korea (Hyun Wang), Mongolia (Bayartsetseg Altangerel, People's Choice and Talent winner) and United States (Audra Mari).

Those who made it to the Top 20 quarter-finalists were: Australia (Madeline Cowe), Cook Islands (Natalia Short, Sports winner), France (Morgandm Edvige), Ghana (Antoinette Delali Kemavor), Hungary (Timea Gelencser), India (Priyadarshini Chatterjee), Japan (Priyanka Yoshikawa), Slovakia (Kristína Činčurová) and Thailand (Jinnita Buddee).

It was only the 2nd time ever that Puerto Rico won the Miss world. The first was more than 4 decades ago already (1975).

Miss World 2016 Coronation Night will be aired here in the Philippines at 8AM today via GMA 7. - Mykiru.ph

About JM

Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, Mykiru.ph has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.
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