Will Miss Philippines’ Lia Andrea Ramos have a chance to take the 2006 Ms. Universe crown?
Lia Andrea Ramos, Philippines’ bet for the 2006 Miss Universe contest, slated this Sunday – July 23, 2006, could be a dark horse among the crowd. Last week at The Grove on Fairfax and 3rd Street, where all the candidates had a dinner at the La Piazza Restaurant inside the entertainment complex, I was able to get up-close and personal with Pinay beauty.

As the beauteous candidates uniformly lined up to get in the restaurant, what a coincidence that they were held-up right in front of me, I was able to take a good look at the candidates, and briefly talk to her and took a few shots (see photo here).

Noticeable with Ms. Ramos was she stood out among the rest because of her dark-skinned color and her very slim frame. With a height of 5’7,” Lia Andrea Ramos is a far-cry of any resemblance with the reigning Miss Universe 2005 winner – Canada’s Natalie Glebova, who is actually more taller than everyone else among current candidates.

Lian Andrea Ramos, is a Davaoenian beauty who loves to read novels and short stories, enjoys music, and is passionate about traveling and meeting new people.

She dreams of becoming an ambassador of the Philippines one day and serving her countrymen. Her first job was working as a visa officer at the Royal Norwegian Embassy, and was exposed to consular works. She had worked at The Asia Foundation which she thinks is essential and useful to her dream of being in the Foreign Service and also be involve in international development work.

At the presentation of the 86 candidates held at the Shrine Auditorium this last Tuesday (July 18), according to L.A.’s queen-maker and beauty guru -- Monet Lu, who was among the crowd, cheering up for the Pinay candidate, gave his predictions. Although he likes her to win, it will be a tough job to get the title because the other candidates are also outstanding. “I would be very happy if Lia would make it to the top ten. But I can foresee that Misses Switzerland, Russia, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Japan, and Namibia, are among to be the top contenders,” he mused. “But I’m keeping my fingers crossed, we’ll never know what the judges would say. Remember that -- beauty is in the eye of beholder. I hope they will see her uniqueness and wit. At the event, a lot of Filipinos are chanting for her. And I feel so proud for her,” he ended.

The Miss Universe Pageant 2006 will take place at the famous Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, this Sunday, July 23, at 6 PM and will be aired on NBC – live! (Exclusive Photos by Oliver Carnay are copyright and protected)

Miss Philippines Universe - Lia Andrea Ramos

Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Geblova