A Pageant Veteran is the New Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008

Photo: Ingrid Rivera (right) as 2nd runner-up in Miss World 2005

A pageant veteran, Ingrid Marie Rivera was crowned Miss World Caribbean and won the 2nd run-up spot at the Miss World 2005 competition, was the newly crowned Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008 last November 23 at the Centro de Bellas Artes in Santurce.

24-year old, 1.75 m beauty queen from El Yunque (Dorado) will represent "la Isla del Encanto" at the Miss Universe 2008 contest in Nha Trang, Vietnam, next June.

The 1st runner-up was Miss Santurce (Claudia Cruz Bosch), followed by Miss Trujillo Alto (Kristina Ruisanchez); Miss Utuado (Maribel Montalvo) and Miss Isabela (Amanda Diaz). Miss Bayamon (Ivelisse del Valle, chosen by text votes) was the 5th runner-up. Rivera also won the Miss Photogenic Award. Miss Canovanas, Letty Perez, won the Miss Congeniality award.

The panel of judges -who voted for her as the new beauty queen- were Alba Reyes (Miss Puerto Rico 2004 and 2nd runner-up in Miss Universe), Miredys Peguero (Recording artist and 1st runner-up in Miss Puerto Rico 1999) and Candela Ferro, TV presenter of "Telemundo".


"To God be the Glory".