For straight ten years, Filipina beauty queens have managed to take a spot in the Top 20 and Top 10 finalists in the prestigious Miss Universe pageant held every year. A record was solely achieved by the Philippines.
The almost decade-long trend started with Maria Venus Raj, a Filipino-Indian who placed as the fourth runner-up in 59th Miss Universe pageant in 2010 wherein she popularized her fumbled answer “Major Major“.
Scottish-Filipino, Australia-raised model Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray conquered the stage as she won the Miss Universe 2018 title, making herself the fourth Filipina to do so. She was then the last candidate who successfully continued the Top 10 streak of the country.
Here is a list of Filipina candidates who competed in the Miss Universe competition from the year 2010 to 2019, and their final standings in the pageant:
Venus Raj – Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up
Shamcey Supsup – Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up
Janine Tugonon – Miss Universe 2012 1st runner-up
Ariella Arida – Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up
Mary Jean Lastimosa – Miss Universe 2014 Top 10
Pia Wurtzbach – Miss Universe 2015
Maxine Medina – Miss Universe 2016 Top 6
Rachel Peters – Miss Universe 2017 Top 10
Catriona Gray – Miss Universe 2018
Gazini Ganados – Miss Universe 2019 Top 20/ Best in National Costume