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MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Despite failing to win the Miss Universe crown, Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa said she is grateful for the love and support given to her during the competition. (READ: Miss Universe 2014 predictions: Will MJ Lastimosa win for PH?)
MJ posted a short message on Instagram minutes after the coronation night in Doral, Miami.
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"So proud to be a Filipino! Man, cant express how grateful I am to everyone! Im filled with love right now! Love you all! Godbless us! Mabuhay!" MJ wrote.
Hours after the pageant, MJ gave a video message to her supporters, saying she cannot thank everyone enough now that she has fulfilled her mission as the country's representative to the Miss Universe.
Post by Mary Jean Lastimosa Miss Universe Philippines 2014.
Meanwhile, past beauty queens congratulated MJ for representing the country. Miss Universe 2012 first runner up Janine Tugonon said that MJ did the country proud.
Youve done ur best and all the hardwork. Its time to step back and let God do His work. Enjoy it. I know ul rock this https://twitter.com/MJ_Lastimosa">@MJ_Lastimosa! u! — Janine Mari Tugonon (@janine_tugonon) https://twitter.com/janine_tugonon/status/559480653461192704">January 25, 2015 platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8">
Miss Universe first runner up Miriam Quiambao also congratulated MJ for making it to the Top 10.
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"Congratulations @mj_lastimosa for making it to the Top 10 at 63rd Annual #MissUniverse Pageant! We're still proud of you!"
Actress and 1993 Miss World second princess Ruffa Gutierrez did not hide her sadness that MJ failed to make it. In fact, she said many of them watching were shocked.
Lahat Kami tunganga dito!As in like...may namatay! well lets see who's the smartest of all! The crown can be anyone's! https://twitter.com/hashtag/MissUniverse2014?src=hash">#MissUniverse2014 — Ruffa Gutierrez (@iloveruffag) https://twitter.com/iloveruffag/status/559549196739440642">January 26, 2015 platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8">
MJ's fellow beauty queens – Bb. Pilipinas International Bianca Guidotti, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Kris Tiffany Janson, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Yvethe Santiago, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism Parul Shah, and Bb. Pilipinas 1st runner up Laura Lehmann shared a video message for MJ.
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In a statement, Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. said they are proud of MJ's run in the pageant.
"The Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated would like to congratulate Ms. Mary Jean Lastimosa for her performance in the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant held in Doral, Miami USA. Title or no title, her participation in the pageant’s global discussions on peace, cultural exchange and other charity initiatives has beautifully showcased the Filipina’s beauty, intellect and compassion."
MJ was thought by many to have a great chance of placing in the pageant, given her lively performance at the preliminaries.
The Philippines has been in the Top 5 for the past 4 years. Venus Raj placed 4th runner up in 2010, Shamcey Supsup 3rd runner up in 2011, Janine Tugnonon 1st runner up in 2012, and Ariella Arida 3rd runner up in 2013. – Rappler.com