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Philippines’s Gazini Ganados finishes in Miss Universe 2019 Top 20 in Atlanta, Georgia

Gazini Christiana Jordi Acopiado Ganados, 23, of the Philippines was one of the quarterfinalists in Miss Universe 2019. She finished in the Top 20 of the 68th edition of the international beauty pageant.

Hosted by Steve Harvey, 62, the Miss Universe 2019 coronation night took place at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, United States on December 8, 2019. Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, 27, and Vanessa Lachey, 39, served as the backstage presenters.

Including Ganados, 90 candidates competed for the crown. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray of the Philippines crowned her successor, who wore a new crowned made by luxury jeweler Mouawad.

Four out of the seven members of the all-female jury are from the United States. They were William Morris Endeavor chief marketing officer Bozoma Saint John, 42, Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart, 38, blogger Sazan Hendrix, 30, and Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, 26.

Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori, 32, of Japan was the only Asian member of the jury. Actress Gaby Espino, 43, of Venezuela and Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega, 26, of Colombia also served as judges.

Ally Brooke, 26, performed during the ceremony, which was broadcast on Fox and Telemundo. Catriona Gray, 25, of the Philippines graced the ceremony to crown Zozibini Tunzi, 26, of South Africa as her successor, who wore a new crowned made by luxury jeweler Mouawad.

Runner-up to Tunzi was Madison Anderson, 24, Puerto Rico while Sofía Aragón, 25, Mexico was second runner-up. Both Paweensuda Drouin, 26, Thailand and Gabriela Tafur, 24, Colombia finished in the Top 5.

Olga Buława, 28, Poland was voted Miss Congeniality. Ganados won the Best in National Costume award.

Ganados earned a bachelor’s degree in Tourism at the University of San Jose-Recoletos in Cebu City, Philippines. She was born in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines on December 26, 1995 to a Palestinian father and a Filipino mother.

In 2014, Ganados finished in the Top 13 in Miss World Philippines. She was crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2019 on June 9, 2019 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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