Miss Universe 2016 is currently taking place in Philippines. With Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of Philippines as the reigning Miss Universe the weight of expectations of host delegate Maxine Media will be very high.
Maxine Medina has herself said, “I think my greatest fear is the expectations of everyone here in the Philippines because we have the Miss Universe [crown]. Maxine is very prepared delegate and has consistently appeared in the favorites list of most pageant analytics. Her beauty is very refreshing as in past Philippines has sent delegates of mixed heritage.
The fact that Maxine Medina is wearing the sash of Philippines should be enough to take her seriously as Philippines has been sending very prepared delegates to all the beauty pageants.
Maxine Medina's communication skills have received enough attention, largely negative however in a beauty pageant it’s the content of the answer that matters and not the grammar errors. Yes, eloquence certainly is a formidable weapon. In other departments she is good enough to beat any candidate on her day.
A back to back at Miss Universe is very possible, it has happened in 2008-2009 and almost happened last here as well.
But, it is very safe to say that the field is still very open and it is still everyone’s game. For a reminder, Philippines has always fielded a different court of semifinalists, like in 1994 when Sushmita Sen shocked everyone to win the title.