Venus Raj Leads the Online Poll of the Official Miss Universe Website

Philippine bet to this year's Miss Universe pageant currently leads the popularity poll of the the official Miss Universe website.

Velvet, the country’s premium general entertainment channel for women, continues to soar higher and raise the bar of quality viewing as it turns the spotlight on the most prestigious beauty pageant on television — the 59th Miss Universe Beauty Pageant®.

Straight from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, the spectacular two-hour Miss Universe® 2010 will be aired on Velvet via an exclusive double primetime telecast on August 24, Tuesday at 6:30pm and 10pm.

Home to the most beautiful night in the univese 3 years running, Velvet now rolls out the red carpet for our very own Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Maria Venus Raj, who joins women from around the globe to compete for the most coveted crown and title.

Apart from her highly controversial dethronement and eventual reinstatement, Raj is now faced with a bigger challenge of ending the 11-year drought for the country in the Miss Universe® competition. It can be recalled that the last time a Filipino made it to the semi-finals was in 1999 when Miriam Quiambao was ranked first runner-up.

This early, Raj is surprising the global community as she presently leads the online popularity polls on the official website of Miss Universe®. Among the 83 Miss Universe candidates, she now has a rating of 3.58 followed by Miss Brazil Debora Lyra, 2.83; Miss Colombia Natalia Navarro, 2.77; Miss Venezuela Marelisa Gibson, 2.77; and Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete with 2.76.

Witness how a Filipina shines amid the other equally beautiful and talented women representatives from over 80 countries. At the conclusion of the event, Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez of Venezuela will crown her successor. Will it be a Filipina’s turn to reign this year?

Get ready for an evening of pure glamour, elegance and grace in the 59th Miss Universe Beauty Pageant®. Mark your calendars on August 24 for the double primetime telecast at 6:30pm and 10pm. The first cable encore telecast airs August 27 (Friday) at 9:30pm. Weekend primetime replays are set on August 28 (Saturday) and August 29 (Sunday) at 10pm and 12nn, respectively. The pageant will also be aired on ABS-CBN via satellite on August 24 (Tuesday) at 9:30am and on Studio 23.

For more details on 59th Miss Universe Beauty Pageant®,, tune in to Velvet SkyCable Channel 53 and log on to Velvet is now available on SkyCable Platinum, SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide.

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