Ariella Arida, 24, represents the country for this years’ most prestigious beauty pageant the Miss Universe 2013. The filipina beauty queen Ariella Hernandez Arida or Ara Arida was born November 20, 1988, in Alaminos, Laguna, Philippines. She also is a BS Chemistry graduate from the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB).

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Arida garnered the Best in Swimsuit special award at the Binibining Pilipinas 2013 pageant held in the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 14, 2013. Arida was crowned Miss Universe-Philippines by Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-up, Janine Tugonon. She was crowned along with Binibining Pilipinas-International, Bea Rose Santiago; Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism, Joanna Cindy Miranda; Miss Supranational Philippines, Mutya Johanna Datul; and Runner-up Pia Wurtzbach.

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During the Binibining Pilipinas 2013 Question & answer portion it was Judge, Philippine National Police chief, Director General Alan Purisima was the one who questioned her. Her answer is this:

“One lesson in life that we, women, can teach men is being sensitive. Because we all know that men are more logical when it comes to decision. They usually are more rational, straight forward. Unlike we, women, we use our heart and we tend to get emotional in some of our decisions. For me, sensitivity is something that we can teach men.”

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There is so much pressure with the winning streak of the past three years which saw the country’s representatives to the most prestigious Miss Univerese beauty pageant in the Top 5 finish. Venus Raj won fourth runner-up in the 2010, Shamcey Supsup who won third runner-up in 2011, and Janine Tugonon who won first runner-up in Las Vegas in December last year.

“I know there will be so much pressure on me. But I will do my best,” Arida said.

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