|Clockwise from the top: Philippines (Mary Jean Lastimosa), India (Noyonita Lodh), Thailand (Pimbongkod Chankaew) and Japan (Keiko Tsuji).|
At this point of time, out of the 12 main Asian countries presently in hot contention, only Philippines, Japan, India and Thailand were able to clinch the crown throughout the Miss Universe six-decade history and these countries won the title
not just once but twice.
Philippines leads the pack and is legendary with a record-breaking four-year consecutive winning streak in the Top 5 since 2010. The Pearl of the Orient Seas achieved 2 Fourth Runners-Up (1975,2010), 5 Third Runners-Up (1963,1980,1984,2011,2013)2 First Runners-Up (1999,2012) and 2 Miss Universe titleholders (1969,1973).
The Land of the Rising Sun comes in second with the most number of Top 5 wins. Japan was able to nab 1 First Runner-Up (2006), 1 Second Runner-Up (1953), 2 Third Runners-Up (1970,1988), 3 Fourth Runners-Up (1955,1969,2003) and 2 Miss Universe winners (1959,2007).
Not so far from behind is the Incredible India. The Land of Colours was able to snatch 1 Fourth Runner-Up (2001), 1 Third Runner-Up (1966), 1 Second Runner-Up (1992), 1 First Runner-Up (1995) and 2 Miss Universe titleholders (1994,2000).
While the Land of Smiles is proud with their 1 Runner-Up placement and 2 Miss Universe tiaras. Thailand won a Second Runner-Up spot last 1966 and the crown for two times in 1965 and 1988).
|L-R: Korea (Ye Bin Yoo) and China (Yanliang Hu)|
So are we seeing another Top 5 winning moment from the two-time crown achievers on the most awaited coronation finale? Or is it high time for the non-winning territories to claim their rightful spot in the finals?