Miss Universe Organization grants special awards to candidates

Miss Universe 2016 special awards were not included during the Coronation Night last January 30, 2017, at Mall of Asia (MOA) The two awards that beauty pageant fans were waiting to be declared during the show were Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic.

According to Miss Universe Organization President, Paula Shugart, they have limited time to include the announcement during the Coronation Night.

“Honestly, we didn’t have time… There was so much that we wanted to fit into the show,” Shugart explained during a short interview with ABS-CBN.

Even though they were not able to announce the winners during the event, the Miss Universe Organization was still able to choose from the 86 candidates the recipients of the said special awards.

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Miss Korea, Jenny Kim, wins Miss Congeniality during the Miss Universe 2016 [Photo credit: ABS-CBN]

Miss Korea Jenny Kim won Miss Congeniality for the Miss Universe 2016. She was voted by her fellow candidates to win this award. Miss Albania Lindita Idrizi, on the other hand, won Miss Photogenic.

Kim, 23, is currently taking International Office Administration and English Language and Literature at the Ewha Woman’s University. Idrizi, 20, is a student of Social Science at the AAB College in Pristina, Kosovo.

Here is the list of other special awards and their recipients:

Special Award Winner Country
Best National Costume Htet Htet Htun Myanmar
Miss Flawless of the Universe Mirriam Habach Venezuela
Miss Phoenix Elegant Mariam Habach Venezuela
Miss Phoenix Jewel Maxine Medina Philippines
Miss Phoenix Smile Kezia Warouw Indonesia
Miss Universe Organization grants special awards to candidates | Cebu Finest

Miss Albania Lindita Idrizi is Miss Photogenic [Photo credit: ABS-CBN]

All of the winners of the special awards were able to receive $1,000 cash prize each from the Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Universe Organization grants special awards to candidates | Cebu Finest

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015, crowns Miss France, Iris Mittenaere as the new Miss Universe [Photo credit: Fox News]

The new Miss Universe is Miss France, Iris Mittenaere. While 1st Runner-up to Miss Universe is Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier and 2nd Runner-up to Miss Universe is Miss Colombia, Andrea Tovar.

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Source: ABS-CBN, The Summit Express, Yibada

  • GoodFoodTrip

    Nice! I wish they still made time to include the awards during the show. 🙂

  • WanderingFeetPH

    Was it explained why they ran short of time? But anyway the ladies were lovely.

  • At least we know..Philippines won another awards.. Goodjob Maxene..

  • Miss Albania is sooo pretty! Is the color of her eyes real??? They perfectly match the crown. Sooo gorg!

    Sayang though that they ran out of time. Even Pia’s final walk was rushed (or so I felt) that she almost slipped. But overall, a great show.

  • hannafrej

    Ohh. It would have been nice if they had included these special awards during the show. It would have been a special moment to the winners. Anyway, at least, they got their awards. 😊

  • Woah, that sucks that they were on awarded on screen. Still congrats to Maxine for winning a special award! 🙂

  • Emelie Anggoy (of Emelie Empir

    I waited for the awarding of the ‘special awards’ but there was none. Anyways, congrats to the awardees and of course to our very own Miss Maxine 🙂

  • hishiddenletters

    Miss Albania does look very stunning in that photo. Hahaha! Congratulations to all the winners.

  • At first, I thought maybe they got tired and fed up with the special awards and decided to just cancel them all this year. Lol. Now I know why they weren’t able to include it during the finals.

  • Maurice Jitty Villaester

    I wasn’t able to watch this year’s Miss Universe live, but thanks to this article. I was able to catch up. 🙂

  • Thanks for announcing this because it was not announced during the telecast. 😉

  • Jullian Robin Sibi

    I didn’t know any of the special awards at all. They may not have time but at least do a pre-show that announces these awards.

  • Ramzy Magbitang

    Still so proud of Maxine and for her special award as well!

  • Wandering Soul Scamper

    Good to know that Maxine was one of the ladies that has special award. But It could have been better if they included these awards during the telecast or at least during the pre-show. Anyway, I’m still proud of Maxine for making it to top 6.

  • So sad that they ran out of time. But cheers we still got an award. ✔

  • Channel Imperial

    Wow! I didn’t know that Maxine Medina won the Miss Phoenix Jewel award! I think she deserved it. She was under a lot of pressure from us Filipinos. 🙂

  • I didn’t know they had names for the rest of the top 5 candidates. And too bad they didn’t show the other special awards. The interview with Miss Myanmar was a little awkward though. She had a hard time answering in English and even more so that she had to carry that much weight on her shoulders!

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