IF YOU’RE TO pick one candidate to win Miss Universe 2015 aside of course from Philippines’ Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach whom we dearly love, who would it be?

That question was thrown at us, as we prepare for the pageant fans’ biggest day in the universe, the coronation of Miss Universe 2015 set on Sunday night, December 20 in Las Vegas, USA (Monday morning in Manila, December 21).

In a pool of gorgeous ladies vying for the crown, it is definitely hard to choose just one. Add to it the fact that we’re praying for the success of our country’s representative made it even harder. But that was just a hypothetical question so I am answering it here.

I’m torn among three roses: Australia, USA, and Brazil. But my other blogger-friend, Mj already chose Australia so I am left with two choices: USA & Brazil.

And I chose Marthina Brandt of Brazil. Not that Olivia Jordan of the USA is equally gorgeous but I just hate the fact that another American will be crowned in their land, just two years after they crowned Olivia Culpo over Janine Tugonon in 2012, and yes, fresh from the 2014 pageant, USA’s Nia Sanchez won first runner-up to the reigning Miss Universe, Paulina Vega of Colombia earlier this year.

Aside from our Pia, the beauty queen from Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil is the perfect candidate to win Miss Universe 2015.

For the second time around, I checked out her performance during the preliminary competition on December 17 (I am posting the video below), and man, she has what it takes to bag the crown! Having one of the prettiest faces in this year’s batch, Martina exudes confidence, fierceness, and the right mix of sweetness in her eyes that make her a queen. I wouldn’t be surprised should Brazil wins this time.

Like the Philippines, Brazil has only won two crowns in the history of Miss Universe. It is nice to note that their first Miss Universe title holder, Ieda Maria Vargas in 1963 also came from Rio Grande do Sul. Five years later, Martha Vasconcellos was crowned Miss Universe 1968.

They have a lot of Miss Universe runners-up as well. And just like the Philippines, Brazil has always been a country to beat in Miss Universe. Since 2011, they’ve been always part of the Top 5, except last year, when Melissa Gurgel only placed Top 15 while our Mary Jean Lastimosa placed in the Top 10.

Will this year be the year for Brazil? Let’s see.

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