President Benigno Aquino III personally congratulated Miss Universe 4th runner-up Venus Raj when the latter paid a courtesy call in Malacañang on Tuesday afternoon.
The 22-year-old Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2010 finished among the top 5 in the prestigious beauty pageant that was held in Las Vegas. Her ranking marks the best finish the country ever had in a decade after Miriam Quiambao’s first runner up finish in 1999.
Many felt that Raj, who was the pre-pageant favorite, could have won the crown had she expressed herself better during the question-and-answer portion of the pageant.
A total of 83 contestants from all over the world joined this year’s Miss Universe beauty contest held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, USA.