Mary Jean Lastimosa, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 winner

Mary Jean Lastimosa won the Miss Universe Philippines 2014 title last night, and will represent the Philippines in Miss Universe 2014 pageant to be held in Brazil later this year.

Candidate #25 Mary Jean Lastimosa from North Cotabato, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 winner (credit to Jory Rivera / OPMB Worldwide / PLDT)

Finally, after her 3rd try, Mary Jean Lastimosa won a crown in Bb. Pilipinas, and it's the highest title - Miss Universe Philippines.

In 2011, under Aces & Queens, she was 2nd Runner Up. She joined again the next year, but she was just a semi-finalist despite being a heavy favorite.

But she never gave up. This 2014, under a new training camp, Kagandahang Flores, MJ now 26 years old joined again and she finally won, breaking Aces & Queens' streak of winning the Miss Universe Philippines title for 4 consecutive years.

Mary Jean Lastimosa isn't the first to win a Bb. Pilipinas crown after 3 attempts.

In 2004, Maricar Balagtas won Binibining Pilipinas after 3 tries. She joined but unplaced in 2000, and was 2nd Runner Up in 2001. She however was a clapper when she competed in Miss Universe 2004. Hope that won't happen to MJ when she competes later this year.

During last night's finals, there were many signs that MJ was going to be the luckiest girl of the evening. She was awarded Best in Swimsuit, the same award won by last year's Miss Universe Philippines Ariella Arida.

During the Q&A portion, her question about an advantage of being a woman came from no less than Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler.

About M.I.

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

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