MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines representative to the 2011 Miss Universe pageant Shamcey Supsup has taken the lead in the pageant's online fan voting system by cornering 25.8% of the total number of votes (or some 1,578 votes, according to missosology.org).
On second spot is Puerto Rico’s Viviana Ortiz with 745 votes or 12.2%, followed by St. Lucia, Indonesia and Mexico.
In a different online voting site launched by the television network Telemundo, “TV Patrol” reported that Shamcey is also number one with 1,288,817 votes. Venezuela is a close second with 1,0671,101 while Nicaragua is at third with 688,234 votes.
For the first time in the history of the Miss Universe competition, the pageant is incorporating a global fan vote system that will fast-track a contestant to the semi-finals. In last year’s competition, the prestigious pageant also initiated an online survey, however the results did not carry a weight in the judges' choices, as said in the “TV Patrol” report.
Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner up, Maria Venus Raj, who was the Philippines’ candidate, was among the contestants who got the most number of online votes, which revealed her popularity among netizens.
The 2011 Miss Universe's online poll will be open until Sept. 11. Anyone can cast a vote, 10 times a day per e-mail address, as the official result will be revealed during the Miss Universe coronation night on Sept. 12.
A father’s joy
Shamcey's father Timoteo Supsup is overwhelmed by his daughter's initial success.
In bomboradyo’s Aug. 26 report, Timoteo was quoted as saying that he’s also gathering support for her daughter in their area, Barangay Katangawan.
He expressed gratitude to the employees of the city government of Gen San for taking time to disseminate information about the online voting mechanics. Joining them in swelling support for Shamcey are her former high school and grade school classmates.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Beauty queen Shamcey Supsup leads in Miss Universe online tally