Miss Universe 2012: Where The Most Beautiful Stars Meet And Shine Like No Other
Just several days ago, both their countries were mourning for an unimaginable loss and tragedy but last night, their countrymen had a reason to smile and cheer.
Normally, my son doesn’t watch shows like this. He would rather play with his toys, draw or watch his favorite Disney T.V. series but last night when he heard that Ms. U.S.A. entered the top 16 in this year’s Ms. Universe competition held in Las Vegas, he sat between me and his mom with all eyes and ears.
He kept cheering, “U.S.A, U.S.A.” While me and his mom were cheering for Ms. Philippines. Living in the Philippines for most of our lives, me and my wife still has that nostalgic spirit of the country where most of our happy memories were created but my son who was born in California is 100% all American. I was impressed by his sense of patriotism. I didn’t realize that my 7-year old can pretty much decide what he likes and where his heart belongs.
We were nervous when it was time for the “Question and Answer” portion. This is where precious diamonds are separated from the rest of the sparkling gems. Of the last five, I thought Ms. Australia Renae Ayris, Ms. Philippines Janine Tugonon and Ms. U.S.A. Olivia Culpo’s answer were the best. It was now up for the judges to make the final call.
The crowd was so silent you can almost hear the contestant’s heartbeat. Then the Ms. Universe for 2012 was announced. The crowd cheered wildly as the name Olivia Culpo of U.S.A. echoed in the most inspiring way.
My son told us as he cheered, “I won!” Smiling, I replied, “Yes, you did. She is beautiful. Well deserved.” I told my wife, “It feels good that she won. America needed it. We needed it. Her star shines the brightest to inspire us all.”
Two women shining brightly from two totally different sides of the world standing next to each other, chosen to inspire a nation grieving from the recent tragedies that befall them. Was it coincidence? Was it fate? I would like to believe, it happened for a reason. After all, we can’t argue with the universe and its decisions, right?
Congratulations to the winners. You all made us happy and proud. Thanks for making us smile and applaud with joy today.
For those who missed it last night, here’s one of the highlights from NBC .
- Janine Tugonon shines anew in Miss Universe 2012 National Costume show (themodernscribe2010.wordpress.com)