COMPLETE VERSION in HIGH QUALITY
Miss Universe 1994, the 43rd Miss Universe pageant, was held at the PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER, in Manila, Philippines on May 20, 1994. It was Manila's second time to host the pageant, having hosted the Miss Universe 1974 pageant some twenty years earlier.
A great way to start up each day,
When you want to say "Welcome, we wish you the best":
Just smile up a smile as you say,
Oh, oh, Mabuhay!
You're smilin', Mabuhay!
You're stylin', it's a great salutation, Mabuhay!
Mabuhay! Persuasion! Hello! You are delicious!
It's a one word flirtation, Mabuhay!
Won't you join us and try out this Philippine way,
To say welcome, we're glad that you came.
It's a neat little greeting to start up each day.
Just smile up a smile and exclaim,
Oh, oh, Mabuhay!
Hello there, Come join us.
Let's go there, Mabuhay!
God bless you, Mabuhay!
Mabuhay! you're singin',
Mabuhay! we're swingin',
May you have a wonderful day!
Well, there's one thing about it you can't live without!
Don't doubt it.
Just shout it.
Two months after, a bigger challenge arises: Miss Universe 1994 in Manila, and the last Miss Universe titleholder then from the USA was Shawn Wetherley from, where else?, South Carolina!!!. How did you prepare for that pageant, in only two months time?!?!?
At that point, I had been training for nearly 7 months. There wasn't much more that I needed to do differently. I just needed to stay on track. I also had to find the perfect dress, and wardrobe. The Miss Universe Pageant experience was even more intense than the Miss USA pageant. We were in a foreign country, with more competition, international languages, extreme heat, and for a longer period of time. (5 weeks total)
BEST NATIONAL COSTUME
MISS PHILIPPINES 1994 CHARLENE GONZALEZ
Argentina - Solange Magnano
Aruba - Alexandra Ochoa Hincapie
Australia - Michelle Van Eimeren
Bahamas - Meka Knowles
Belgium - Christelle Roelandts
Bolivia - Cecilia O'Connor-d'Arlach
Brazil - Valeria Melo Peris
British Virgin Islands - Delia Jon Baptiste
Bulgaria - Nevena Marinova
Canada - Susanne Rothfos
Cayman Islands - Audrey Elizabeth Ebanks
Chile - Constanza Barbieri Sanz
Colombia - Carolina Gomez Correa
Cook Islands - Leilani Brown
Costa Rica - Yasmin Morales Camacho
Curaçao - Jasmin Clifton
Cyprus - Maria Vasiliou
Denmark - Gitte Andersen
Dominican Republic - Vielka Valenzuela Lama
Ecuador - Mafalda Arboleda Arditto
Egypt - Ghada El-Salem
El Salvador - Claudia Mendez Cuellar
Estonia - Eva-Maria Laan
Finland - Henna Merilainen
France - Valerie Claisse
Germany - Tanja Wild
Great Britain - Michaela Pyke
Greece - Rea Toutounzi
Guam - Christina Perez
Guatemala - Katya Schoenstedt
Honduras - Jem Haylock
Hong Kong - Mok Hoi-Yan
Hungary - Szilvia Forian
Iceland - Svala Bjork Arnardottir
India - Sushmita Sen
Ireland - Pamela Flood
Israel - Ravit Yarkoni
Italy - Arianna David
Jamaica - Angelie Martin
Japan - Chiaki Kawahito
Korea - Sun-young Goong
Luxembourg - Sandy Wagne
Malaysia - Liza Koh
Malta - Paola Camilleri
Mauritius - Viveka Babajee
MEXICO - Fabiola Perez Rovirosa
Namibia - Barbara Kahatjipara
Netherlands - Irene van der Laar
New Zealand - Nicola Johanne Brighty
Nigeria - Suzan Hart
Northern Marianas - Elizabeth Tomokane
Norway - Caroline Saetre
Panama - Maria Sofia Velasquez
Paraguay - Liliana Gonzalez
Peru - Karina Calmet
Philippines - Charlene Bonnin Gonzales
Poland - Joanna Brykczinska
Portugal - Monica Pereira
Puerto Rico - Brenda Robles
Romania - Mihaela Ciolacu
Russia - Inna Zobova
Singapore - Paulyn Sun
Slovak Republic - Silvia Lakatosova
Spain - Raquel Rodriguez
Sri Lanka - Nushara Pramali
Swaziland - Nicola Smith
Sweden - Dominique Forsberg
Switzerland - Patricia Fassler
Taiwan (R.O.C.) - Joanne Wu Chung-Chun
Thailand - Areeya Chumsai
Trinidad and Tobago - Lorca Chelsea Gatcliffe
Turkey - Banu Usluer
Turks and Caicos Islands - Eulease Walkin
Uruguay - Leonora Dibueno
USA - Lu Parker
Venezuela - Minorka Mercado
Zimbabwe - Yvette D'Almeida-Chakras
MISS MAURITIUS Viveka Babajee, was a very controversial figure due to her involvement in the 1994 Metro Manila Film Fest Scandal. She was a presenter for the Best Actress award together with actress Gretchen Barretto, an award which was very much disputed. Sixteen years later, on June 25, 2010, Babajee committed suicide.
MISS MALAYSIA Liza Koh, made a public apology on behalf of her country about the arrest of 1200 Filipina maids in Kuala Lumpur. This led to a warning from the Malaysian Foreign Minister not to make political remarks.
During May there was also a probe by the Commission on Human Rights as to whether a police round-up of street children was intended to improve Manila's international image during the pageant events. This was also criticised by MISS THAILAND, Areeya Sirisopha Chumsai, even though the same scenario happened in their own country during the Miss Universe 1992.
MISS RUSSIA Inna Zobova, was detained for 15 hours in a windowless room at an airport in Bangkok, Thailand en route to Manila because she did not have a transit visa.
PUERTORRICAN DAYANARA TORRES CROWNS HER SUCCESSOR, SUSHMITA SEN, AS THE MISS UNIVERSE 1994
THE 1st RUNNER-UP MISS COLOMBIA, CAROLINA GOMEZ CORREA