Miss Philippines Megan Young and four other candidates advanced on Friday to the semi-final round after they won in fast-track events at the 2013 Miss World beauty pageant at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia where the coronation will be held on Sept. 28.

Young, 23, won the Top Model Challenge Event, giving boost for her chances to win the blue crown for the Philippines. If she wins, Young will be the first Filipina to capture the elusive title since the longest-running pageant was created in London in 1951.

Other candidates who entered the semi-final round were Miss Netherlands Jacquelne Steenbeek, Sports; Miss Brazil Sancler Frantz, Beach Fashion (Balinese Beach Fabric); Miss India Navneet Dhillon, Multimedia; and Miss Nepal Ishani Shrestha, Beauty With A Purpose.

Young also placed in challenge events of Beach Fashion, fifth; and Multimedia, fourth.

The Fil-Am actress has been one of the favorite candidates to win in this year’s edition of Miss World beauty contest, alongside with candidates from Brazil, Ukraine, Indonesia, France, Australia and Indonesia. A total of 127 candidates joined this year’s pageant.

Observers believe that the Top Model Challenge Event is an important pre-pageant competition of the beauty contest after two previous winners went on to become Miss World. They are Zhang Zilin (China, 2007) and Ksenia Sukhinova (Russia, 2008).

The fast-track competitions started in 2003. Winners of these competitions will automatically enter the final round.

Young, of Olongapo City, is romantically linked to actor-fashion model Mikael Daez, 25. However, not one of them is confirming the issue.

Her hobbies include surfing the net, reading and singing. She was last seen in the TV series “Misibis Bay” aired over TV 5. Other appearances include “Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2,” “Hiyas,”  GMA’s “Starstruck,” “A Beautiful Affair,” among others. She also became a VJ for Channel V Philippines. Her younger sister, Loren Young, is also an actress who recently appeared in GMA hit teleserye “Mundo Mo’y Akin.”

The highest rank the Philippines has achieved in the Miss World contest was first runner-up won by Evangeline Pascual (1973) and Gwendoline Ruais (2011). Last year, Philippine representative Queenerich Rehman also made it to the semis.

source: mb