Megan Young makes it to Miss World top 15 . Miss Philippines Megan Young (center) sashays on the catwalk during the fashion show of Miss World contestants in Nusa Dua, in Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Tuesday, September 24. Young was selected as one of the top 10 in the modeling event, automatically entering the top 15 in the finals on Saturday, September 28. AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka
Actress Megan Young was crowned Miss World 2013 on Saturday, besting 126 candidates from all over the globe and earning the Philippines its first ever victory in the beauty contest.
Young accepted the Miss World crown from 2012 winner Wenxia Yu at the awarding ceremony in Bali, Indonesia.
Miss France Marine Lorphelin took second place while Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter came in third.
"Amazing scenes here in Bali, Megan is overcome with emotions as a tear rolls down her cheek, promising to 'Be the best Miss World Ever'!" the Miss World official Twitter account
"She also waved to the crowd at the start of "Miss World Philippines' Year," it added.
In the Q & A portion, Young was asked to answer the question
, "Why should you be crowned Miss World?" She 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," she added. Previous Miss Philippines bets
Before Young's victory, the highest honors for the Philippines in the Miss World competition was 1st runner-up in 1973, which went to Evangeline Pascual.
In 2011, the country's bet Gwendoline Gaelle Ramos Ruais was named 1st runner-up Asia & Oceania Continental Queen.
Last year, Miss World 2012 Philippines Queenierich Rehman was among the Top 15 candidates in the beauty contest. Excited
Earlier in this year's competition, Young led the list of 10 semifinalists that included contestants from Brazil, Australia, France, Nepal, England, Indonesia, Spain, Jamaica, and Ghana.
Young, Lorphelin, and Shooter were joined in the final round by Brazil's Sancler Frantz Konzen, Spain's Elena Ibarbia Jimenez, and Gibraltar's Maroua Kharbouch.
Miss Gibraltar joined the five finalists after she was declared the People's Choice in the contest.
Hours before the finals night, Young had indicated she was excited about the competition.