Malaysia’s Francisca Luhong ends Miss Universe journey

By John Isaac

KUCHING lass Francisca Luhong James who represented Malaysia in this year’s Miss Universe competition in Florida, United States, failed to enter the Top 21 of the pageant today.

Francisca did not join in the semi-final with the likes of neighbouring countries’ semi-finalists Ayu Maulida Putri from Indonesia, Thailand’s Amanda Obdam and Rabiya Mateo from the Philippines.

Broadcasted live from Florida, United States, hosts Mario Lopez and Olivia Culpo announced the top 21 semifinalists; who were from (in order of announcement) Colombia, Peru, Australia, France, Myanmar, Jamaica, Mexico, Dominican Republic, United States, Indonesia, Argentina, India, Curacao, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Brazil, Great Britain, Nicaragua, Thailand, Costa Rica and Vietnam – beating 53 other contestants.

Jamaica, Dominican Republic, India, Peru, Australia, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Brazil made it through to Top 10, of which the list was further trimmed down to five in the next round.

According to reports in Borneo Post, the Miss Universe Malaysia 2020 winner made it through the preliminary rounds – most notably with the ‘Kampungku’ (My Village) costume for the National Costume slot last Friday.

Designed by renowned homegrown designer Carven Ong, her costume lugged an impressive 3D replica of a kampung house and it is a celebration of traditional Malaysian architecture.

Born on Oct 14, 1996, Francisca was raised within the Orang Ulu community in Belaga.

Her father, James Bungan is of Orang Ulu descent from Ulu Sungai Asap, while her mother Pauline Japok is an Iban from Kanowit.

Francisca currently works in the public relations and marketing field in Kuala Lumpur.