Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2011

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Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2011
Date November 4, 2010
Presenters Luisito Vigoreaux, Cordelia González, Rashel Díaz
Venue Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico[1]
Broadcaster Telemundo
Entrants 40
Placements 15
Withdraws Adjuntas, Camuy, Guayanilla, Lares, Las Marías, Manatí, Orocovis, Quebradillas, Rincón, Río Grande, San Germán, Santa Isabel, Utuado, Vega Baja, Villalba
Returns Aguadilla, Aibonito, Cabo Rojo, Cataño, Ciales, Coamo, Hormigueros, Las Piedras, Loíza, Naguabo, Naranjito, Salinas, Yauco, San Lorenzo
Winner Viviana Ortiz Pastrana
Corozal Corozal
Congeniality Carolina Rodríguez Ruiz
Cabo Rojo Cabo Rojo
Photogenic Paola Giselle Santiago Serrano
Aguadilla Aguadilla

The 56th Annual Miss Universe Puerto Rico pageant was held at the Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico, on November 4, 2010[2] in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Mariana Paola Vicente, who won the title of Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2010, crowned her successor Viviana Ortiz as Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2011, who then represented Puerto Rico at Miss Universe 2011 in São Paulo, Brazil.



Final results Contestant
Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2011
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
  • Gurabo Gurabo - Jessica Joan Santiago Rodríguez
3rd runner-up
  • Ciales Ciales - Desirée Del Rio De Jesús
4th runner-up
  • Humacao Humacao - Ashley Beth Pérez Calderón
Top 10
Top 15

Special awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Miss Figure Holsum Light
  • Gurabo - Jessica Joan Santiago Rodríguez
Miss L'Bel Face
  • San Juan - Miriam Ivette Pabón Carrión
Miss Payless Catwalk
  • Corozal - Viviana Ortíz Pastrana
Bloom Best Hair
Miss JcPenney Style
  • Corozal - Viviana Ortíz Pastrana
Miss Photogenic
Miss Congeniality
Best National Costume
Primera Hora's People Choice


Casting calls were held throughout Puerto Rico during the summer. Only 40 became the official contestants in an event on July 11, 2009 in Teatro Ambassador in San Juan. During the event five contestants were given the Special Awards of the night:

  • Modelling Award: Yanitza Marisol Rivera Rivera - Miss Loiza
  • Look Change Award: Amanda Beatriz Sanchez - Miss Coamo
  • Best Projection: Viviana Ortiz Pastrana - Miss Corozal

Buscando La Más Bella[edit]

"Buscando La Mas Bella" is the weekly reality show that presents the 40 official contestants to the public. Every week 5 contestants had a new challenge and they were evaluated by the judges, choosing one as the winner. The reality show was judged by Puerto Rican actress Cordelia González, writer Vicente Castro and a weekly invited judge. The reality show started on Friday, September 3, 2010 and finished on October 22, 2010, showing on Telemundo Puerto Rico. The reality show is hosted by the president of Miss Puerto Rico franchise and ex-Miss Puerto Rico Universe 1995, Desiree Lowry.

Winners of "Buscando La Mas Bella"
  • 1st Week Winner: Run a bridge of 110 feet tall: Ío Rivera Jiménez - Miss Barceloneta
  • 2nd Week Winner: Create a National Costume: Viviana Ortíz Pastrana - Miss Corozal
  • 3rd Week Winner: Dancing Contest: Catherine Paola Roldán Castro - Miss Arecibo
  • 4th Week Winner: Catwalk on Ice: Ashley Beth Pérez Calderón - Miss Humacao
  • 5th Week Winner: Cover of a Magazine: Jessica Joan Santiago Rodríguez - Miss Gurabo
  • 6th Week Winner: Deal with a Joke: Adriana Pérez Mercado - Miss Hatillo
  • 7th Week Winner: Write and make an Equestrianism commercial: Desirée Del Río - Miss Ciales
  • 8th Week Winner: Choose and work for an Humanitarian cause: Miriam Ivette Pabón Carrión - Miss San Juan


Here is a list of the official 40 contestants:[3]

Municipality Contestant Age Height
Aguadilla Aguadilla Paola Giselle Santiago Serrano 22 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Aibonito Aibonito Katherine Enid Soliván 18 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Añasco Añasco Enid Méndez Soto 25 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Arecibo Arecibo Catherine Paola Roldán Castro 20 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Barceloneta Barceloneta Ío Rivera Jiménez 24 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Bayamón Bayamón Stephanie Román De León 17 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Cabo Rojo Cabo Rojo Carolina Rodríguez Ruiz 24 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Caguas Caguas Ingrid E. Fernández 26 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Canóvanas Canóvanas Raisa Maite Díaz Carrasquillo 19 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Carolina Carolina Madeline R. Arroyo 18 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Cataño Cataño Valery Vélez Cuevas 20 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Cayey Cayey Emeline Peña 19 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Ciales Ciales Desirée Del Rio De Jesús 24 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Coamo Coamo Amanda Beatriz Sánchez 20 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Corozal Corozal Viviana Ortíz Pastrana 24 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Dorado Dorado Sulis Marie Matos Reyes 19 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Guayama Guayama Zuleyka Maril Rodríguez 22 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Guaynabo Guaynabo Lara Maria Mercado 20 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Gurabo Gurabo Jessica Joan Santiago Rodríguez 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Hatillo Hatillo Adriana Pérez Mercado 18 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Hormigueros Hormigueros Ninoshka Beatriz Aldea Morales 18 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Humacao Humacao Ashley Beth Pérez Calderón 19 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Juana Díaz Juana Díaz Lisa Suzette D'Aleccio Molina 24 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Juncos Juncos Verónica Maldonado 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Lajas Lajas Itzaira Vélez Pardo 20 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Las Piedras Las Piedras Kiara Marie Ortiz Rodríguez 18 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Loiza Loíza Yanitza Marisol Rivera Rivera 24 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Luquillo Luquillo Letty Joan Pérez Rivera 22 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Mayagüez Mayagüez Claudia Ramos Zorrilla 22 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Naguabo Naguabo Grace Marie García 18 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Naranjito Naranjito Jamaris Rolón González 20 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Ponce Ponce Giselle Marie Negrón Rivera 22 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Salinas Salinas Katherine Marie Torres Cartagena 18 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
San Juan San Juan Miriam Ivette Pabón Carrión 25 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
San Lorenzo San Lorenzo Giovanna Raquel López 19 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Toa Alta Toa Alta Azarel Nadal Torres 26 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Toa Baja Toa Baja Dayalí Romero López 20 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Trujillo Alto Trujillo Alto Keisy Denisse Blanch Rodríguez 19 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Yabucoa Yabucoa Génesis Espinosa 17 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Yauco Yauco Angivette Marie Billoch Cintrón 19 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)


  • Miss Gurabo, Jessica Santiago, competed in America's Next Top Model, Cycle 12, where she finished 12th. Furthermore, she competed in Model Latina, Cycle 3: New York City where she finished as a 1st runner-up.
  • Miss San Juan, Miriam Pabón, participated in Miss World Puerto Rico 2008, where she finished as the 3rd runner-up. As the ultimate favorite for Miss World Puerto Rico 2008 she was designated Miss Puerto Rico International 2008. She later competed at Miss International 2008 where she was a finalist. She also competed at Miss America 2010.
  • Miss Ciales, Desireé Del Río, later competed at Miss Puerto Rico 2013 representing Cayey. She finished as 2nd runner-up. She represented Puerto Rico at Miss International 2011 and finished as 3rd runner-up. Sha later went on to compete at Miss Supranational 2013 where she placed in Top 20 and won the Miss Photogenic award.
  • Miss Toa Alta, Azarel Nadal, previously competed at Miss World Puerto Rico 2009 where she finished as Top 15. She is also a well known top model in Puerto Rico.
  • Miss Corozal, Viviana Ortiz, competed at Nuestra Belleza Latina 2013 where she finished as 2nd runner-up.
  • Miss Humacao, Ashley Beth Pérez, win the title of Miss Teen Galaxy International 2009.[4] She represented Puerto Rico at Miss International 2013 and finished as Semi-finalist.
  • Miss Cataño, Valery Vélez, would later represent Puerto Rico at Miss Supranational 2011[5] in which she placed as the 2nd runner-up.[6]
  • Miss Bayamón, Stephanie Román, later competed at Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2013 once again representing Bayamón but did not classify.
  • Miss Lajas, Itzaira Vélez, later competed at Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2015 once again representing Lajas but did not classify.
  • Miss San Lorenzo, Giovanna Lopez, later competed at Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2015 representing Gurabo but did not classify.

Historical significance[edit]

  • Corozal won Miss Universe Puerto Rico for the second time, the last was Desiree Lowry in 1995.
  • The following municipalities also made the semi-finals last year were Bayamón, Humacao , Barceloneta, and Toa Baja.
  • Corozal last placed in 1995.
  • Gurabo last placed in 2002.
  • Mayagüez and Toa Alta last placed in 2003.
  • Loíza last placed in 2005.
  • Ponce and San Juan last placed in 2009.
  • Ciales, Canóvanas, Guayama, and Gurabo had their first placements.