Shamcey Supsup bags 3rd runner-up in Miss Universe 2011

The Philippine bet to the Miss Universe 2011 beauty pageant made it to the top five for the second consecutive year,

Reigning Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Shamcey Supsup was declared third runner-up to Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes of Angola in the 60th Miss Universe pageant held Monday night at the Credicard Hall in Sau Paolo, Brazil.

The other winners in the final five were first runner-up Olesya Stefanko of Ukraine, second runner-up Priscila Machado of Brazil and fourth runner-up Luo Zi Lin of China.

The 5‘7” beauty from General Santos City in Mindanao is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She is also a licensed architect having topped the Architecture Licensure Examination given in July 2010.

Although she did not bring home the crown, Supsup topped the online fan ranking during the pageant’s question and answer portion. Judge Vivica A. Fox asked Supsup the question: “Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person that you love? Why or why not?”

The Filipina replied, “If I had to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love because the first person I love is God, who created me. I have my faith and my principles, and this is what makes me who I am. And if that person loves me, he should love my God, too.”

Supsup follows a prestigious list of Filipinas to have placed third at the international beauty pageant after Lalaine Bennett (1963), Maria Rosario Silayan (1980), and Maria Desiree Verdadero (1984). The country’s bet last year, Maria Venus Raj placed fourth.

Tony award-winning singer-actress Lea Salonga was one of the judges in this year’s Miss Universe.