Miss Philippines Maxine Medina poses during during her official send-off event hosted by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) Tuesday at the Novotel Hotel. (Photo by Yummie Dingding/InterAksyon)
By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.com
January 11, 2017 · 2:42 pm
This early, Maxine Medina has predicted — no, pretty much guaranteed — that the Philippines will win again at this year’s Miss Universe pageant.
“We can do this…I’m sure we will do a back-to-back,” a confident Maxine told InterAksyon and other media during her official send-off event hosted by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) Tuesday at the Novotel Hotel in Quezon City.
As it turns out, Maxine was not speaking out of sheer bravado. Missosology.org, a reputable pageant analysis site known for its usually spot-on fearless forecasts, came out with its initial “Pre-Arrival Hot Picks” and it showed Maxine as the prestigious pageant’s frontrunner.
Missosology had released two previous Hot Picks last year. The site initially conceded that a back-to-back win for the Philippines is “pretty much improbable” when Maxine initially ranked number 8 in the site’s first Hot Picks posted last July.
Maxine’s rank improved to number 6 in the site’s second Hot Picks posted last December.
“Her noticeable improvement in almost all aspects, especially her renewed confidence during interviews, is enough to make the Filipinos hope that a back-to-back win is within reach. With homecourt advantage plus the well-known fact that the Philippines has already mastered the art of preparing candidates, don’t be surprised if Maxine makes it to the top,” Missosology pointed out.
In placing Maxine at the top of its latest Hot Picks, Missosology took note of the “relentless training and conditioning” of the 25-year old interior designer and professional model.
“A back-to-back win will put the Philippines in the same footing as Venezuela and there is a huge effort being undertaken right now to make sure that it will happen…Latest photos and videos show a confident Maxine Medina with vavavoom body ready to unleash the fierce beauty queen within to take on the toughest competitor.”
But even as Maxine has emerged as a formidable contender for the Miss Universe crown, she faces tough competition with 85 candidates confirmed as of posting time.
Four Latinas are ranked closely behind Maxine in the latest Hot Picks: Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar, Miss Brazil Raissa Santana, and Miss Venezuela Miriam Habach.
Hot on their heels is Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane who created a lot of buzz after she arrived in the country with 17 luggages. According to Missosology, she is regarded as “the darling of the press.”
If Maxine wins the Philippines’ fourth Miss Universe crown, it will only be the second time in the history of the pageant that a country has won back-to-back crowns. Only Venezuela has pulled off this remarkable feat when it won Miss Universe in 2008 and 2009.