MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines prides itself for having bagged the Miss Universe crown four times, but the Miss Universe Organization has now issued a correction: the record stands at three Filipina title holders.
In a statement issued today in New Orleans, site of the 71st edition of the international beauty pageant, it was clarified that two of the title holders only count as one-half: Pia Wurtzbach, who is half German and Catriona Gray, who is half Australian.
The statement then proceeded to add another one-half to the Philippines’ winning record, citing that the new Miss Universe, R’Bonney Gabriel from Texas, U.S.A. is half-Filipina.
So as it stands, the Philippines has a total of 3.5 Miss Universe crowns. Still an impressive record.