Miss Universe 2013 is Miss Philippines? The winner will not be announced until a few hours from now, but predictions online has Ariella Arida as a front-runner to win the Miss Universe crown. The Filipino beauty was surrounded by controversy when she criticized her Latina counterparts for not being able to communicate in English. "Latinas cannot even speak a sentence, right? I mean, a complete sentence in English... You know, I think, it's the Filipinos who are very critical about this [not being able to express herself in English properly]," she said during an interview. Fans of the Miss Universe hopeful have suggested she use a translator but she feels that she will be able to deliver during the question and answer portion of the competition. Arida later apologized on her Twitter writing, "Sorry. I didn't mean to offend anyone from my last interview. I hope you guys can understand what Im trying to say."

Miss Philippines, Ariella Arida, still continues to be one of the favorite women to win the competition and here are 5 reasons why: 1. Support From Previous Miss Universe: Margarita “Margie” Moran-Floirendo who won the pageant in 1973 fully backs Ariella to win the crown. “I wish her a lot of luck, stay beautiful. But my advice for her is to represent the country well and to enjoy the place where she is and the company of other candidates and just hope for the best,” Moran said in an interview. 2. Fan Favorite: During the preliminary competition, Arida was one of the fan favorites, getting high marks for her evening gown and her lean body during the swimsuit showcase. Osvaldo Inbanchi, a well-known personality withing beauty pageants, predicted that Miss Philippines would take the win. 3. Russian Singer Favorite: Emin, a Russian singer who will be performing in the final this Saturday, picked her as one of seven contestants to be featured in an upcoming music video. She is already causing a splash amongst Russians, where the competition will take place. 4. Recognized Model: Ariella has a clear goal and has a strong voice. She already has sponsorships from major brands like Mercedes-Benz and Yamamay. Arida was also one of 10 contestants to have been invited to an event at the Nobu Moscow Restaurant, which means she is getting noticed. 5. She Loves Her Country: With a typhoon hitting her home country this weekend and expected to cause a devastation her heart and spirit are with them through this difficult time. "Filipino spirit is stronger than any typhoon! Stay safe everyone!," she said on Instagram. A win for her country will be the bright light at the end of the tunnel for the country to recuperate after the hard hitting storm.

Miss Universe 2013 beauty pageant gala will be broadcasted live starting at 9pm EST on NBC and on Telemundo in Spanish. The crowning moment will also be seen around the world when it streams directly on the official YouTube account and Latin Times will have the minute by minute details as everything unfolds in Moscow. Hosting the event will be Thomas Roberts from "SNBC Live" with former Spice Girls group member Melanie Brown. Musical guests include Panic! At The Disco and EMIN. We have 19 women representing our Latin countries and we are all rooting for them to win. Check out fun facts here and tell us who your favorite to win is.

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