miss phillipines 2 Miss Universe 2010: Miss Philippines Venus Raj still favored to win!Miss Philippines, Venus Raj, still leads the pretty pack as the highest online ranked (3.54) contender for the Miss Universe 2010 title.

She competes in tonight’s show that airs live Monday, Aug. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on NBC.

She has four stars compared to her closest (online ranking) rival, Miss Bolivia, who only has three stars for her rating of 3.07. Whew, this competition is intense!

Venus, whose name comes from the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty, is from a poor background in Bicol, Philippines.

According to World Correspondents, Raj reportedly became a crowd and media darling after she fought to get her crown and title back after an error she made in her application regarding her birthplace was discovered.

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