As several issues continue to hound the country, Megan Young's victory in the Miss World 2013 is certainly good news.
Young's win comes after days of heavy fighting in Zamboanga City and while the probe on the pork barrel scam heats up.
“Amid the many issues our country is facing today, Miss Young's victory is a candle of hope that assures us we will pull through,” Vice President Jejomar Binay said.
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process also lauded Young, who was among the celebrities recently named national ambassadors for peace.
Malacanang also congratulated Young, who is the first ever Filipina to bring home Miss World’s famed blue crown during the pageant’s finale in Bali, Indonesia.
“This is another Filipino who showed the rest of the world what we can do as Filipinos,” Communications Secretary Ramon Carandang said in an interview over state-run dzRB.
Binay also said Young's “victory is proof of the beauty and excellence inherent in the Filipino people.”
“Certainly, this is a victory not only for Ms. Young, but for the whole nation,” Binay added, noting how it will inspire Filipinos affected by recent crises.
Slideshow: Megan Young wins Miss World 2013
Young bested 126 other beauties in the international pageant which claims to select the “most beautiful woman in the world.”
She was followed by Miss France Marine Lorphelin and Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter.
Asked why she should be Miss World, Young answered: “I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do.”
“I will use this to show other people how they can understand each other. As one, we can help society,” Young said.