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Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009
DateOctober 22, 2008
PresentersBraulio Castillo, hijo
Rodolfo Jimenez
Zuleyka Rivera
VenueColiseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
WithdrawalsCanóvanas, Comunidad Puertorriqueña en Estados Unidos, Guayama, Vega Alta, Villalba, Yauco
ReturnsAdjuntas, Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Añasco, Arroyo, Cabo Rojo, Camuy, Cataño, Cayey, Ceiba, Cidra, Coamo, Comerío, Culebra, Guánica, Hormigueros, Humacao, Jayuya, Juncos, Lajas, Las Marías, Las Piedras, Loíza, Luquillo, Manatí, Maunabo, Mayagüez, Moca, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Peñuelas, Quebradillas, Rincón, Río Grande, Río Piedras, San Germán, San Lorenzo, Santa Isabel, Toa Baja, Vega Baja, Vieques, Yabucoa
WinnerMayra Matos Pérez
Cabo Rojo Cabo Rojo
CongenialityElia Enid Colón
Río Piedras Río Piedras
PhotogenicJeann-Marie Maldonado Cintrón
Hatillo Hatillo
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The 54th Annual Miss Puerto Rico Universe pageant was held at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum on October 22, 2008 in Hato Rey section of San Juan, Puerto Rico. A record of 70 contestants competed for the crown, in which the competition was televised live by WAPA-TV. On October 11, 2008, the show entered its final stage when twelve finalists elected by the public remained.[1]

Ingrid Rivera, who won the title of Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008, crowned here successor Mayra Matos of Cabo Rojo as Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009, who then represented Puerto Rico at Miss Universe 2009[2][3] in Nassau, Bahamas.



Final Results Contestant
Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009
Cabo Rojo Cabo Rojo - Mayra Matos
1st Runner-Up
San Juan San Juan - Jennifer Colón
2nd Runner-Up
San Juan Santurce - Sharon Gómez
3rd Runner-Up
Adjuntas Adjuntas - Haydil Rivera
4th Runner-Up
Cataño Cataño - Agnes Benítez
5th Runner-Up
Vega Baja Vega Baja - Eydiebel Pérez
Top 12

Barceloneta Barceloneta - Yeslian Martinez
Bayamón Bayamón - Stephanie Figueroa
Hatillo Hatillo - Jeann-Marie Maldonado
Juana Díaz Juana Díaz - Angélica Colón
Río Grande Río Grande - Patricia Quiñones
San Lorenzo San Lorenzo - Chantee Díaz

Top 20

Arecibo Arecibo - Monica Pastrana
Caguas Caguas - Glorimar Serrano
Carolina Carolina - Gloria Almonte
Corozal Corozal - Stephanie Colón
Guaynabo Guaynabo - Lorraine Suárez
Naguabo Naguabo - Krizia Lugo
Ponce Ponce - Darla Pacheco
Salinas Salinas - Alexandra González

Special Awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Superation Award & Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
  • Hatillo Hatillo - Jeann-Marie Maldonado Cintrón
Beautiful Face Award
Beautiful Hair Award

Pageant preparations[edit]

WAPA-TV signed a contract with Miss Puerto Rico Universe to transmit a reality show titled Por la corona, beginning on August 15, 2008. The public will select via text message, with five of the participants classifying directly to the pageant's semi-final.[4] A jury composed of Sully Díaz, Mayra López Mulero and Omar Matos was assembled for the program, while Joyceline Montero was contracted as host.[5]

Por La Corona results[edit]

Throughout eight weeks, the show Por La Corona featured a different group of 9 or 8 contestants each week. The public voted for their favorite contestant that was featured on the show that particular week. One winner was selected from each group of girls shown during the eight-week period. After the eight-week run, all 70 contestants had been featured, 8 of them had already been selected as winners, however after all contestants had been featured the public had the opportunity to select 4 more other girls to join the original 8 winners to compete for the 5 spots that will automatically advance them to the semi-finals of the Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009 pageant on October 22, 2008.

Winners from each week:

Dariana Santiago (Lares), Krizia Lugo (Naguabo), Alexandra González (Salinas) and Jeann-Marie Maldonado Cintrón (Hatillo) were the 4 other contestants the public selected.

Out of the 12 contestants selected by the public, here are the 5 contestants who will automatically advanced to the semi-finals:



Here is a list of the official 70 contestants.

Represents Candidates Age Height Hometown
Adjuntas Adjuntas Haydil Rivera 22 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in) Adjuntas
Aguadilla Aguadilla Izamar Rodríguez 21 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) San Juan
Aguas Buenas Aguas Buenas Helen Denis 18 1.72 m (5 ft 7+34 in) Aguas Buenas
Aibonito Aibonito Sindia Torres 23 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in) Ponce
Añasco Añasco Carish Pérez 18 1.68 m (5 ft 6+14 in) Culebra
Arecibo Arecibo Monica Pastrana 18 1.77 m (5 ft 9+34 in) Arecibo
Arroyo Arroyo Ruth Rivera 21 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Arroyo
Barceloneta Barceloneta Yeslian Martinez 18 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Luquillo
Barranquitas Barranquitas Zullymar Ortiz 18 1.66 m (5 ft 5+14 in) Barranquitas
Bayamón Bayamón Stephanie Figueroa 21 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Bayamón
Cabo Rojo Cabo Rojo Mayra Matos 20 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Cabo Rojo
Caguas Caguas Glorimar Serrano 18 1.72 m (5 ft 7+34 in) Hormigueros
Camuy Camuy Jesenia Vega 22 1.81 m (5 ft 11+14 in) Camuy
Carolina Carolina Gloria Almonte 25 1.77 m (5 ft 9+34 in) San Juan
Cataño Cataño Agnes Benítez 21 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Isabela
Cayey Cayey Diane Ferrer 19 1.67 m (5 ft 5+34 in) Cayey
Ceiba Ceiba Bethzeliz Maldonado 19 1.76 m (5 ft 9+14 in) San Juan
Cidra Cidra Coralys Rodríguez 21 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in) Caguas
Coamo Coamo Edlyn Pérez 19 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) San Juan
Comerío Comerío Carmen Marín 18 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in) Comerío
Corozal Corozal Stephanie Colón 19 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Corozal
Culebra Culebra Rebecca Fernández 23 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in) Culebra
Dorado Dorado Ida Ibarra 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Dorado
Fajardo Fajardo Ariana Robles 18 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in) Fajardo
Guánica Guánica Wilmarie Rivera 18 1.72 m (5 ft 7+34 in) Guánica
Guaynabo Guaynabo Lorraine Suárez 20 1.72 m (5 ft 7+34 in) San Juan
Gurabo Gurabo Neysa Fernández 22 1.76 m (5 ft 9+14 in) Gurabo
Hatillo Hatillo Jeann-Marie Maldonado 22 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Ponce
Hormigueros Hormigueros Noelia Torres 20 1.72 m (5 ft 7+34 in) Ponce
Humacao Humacao Zujeily Rivera 19 1.76 m (5 ft 9+14 in) Bayamón
Isabela Isabela Lizbeth Collazo 19 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) Isabela
Jayuya Jayuya Tessy Inez Liddell 17 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Jayuya
Juana Díaz Juana Díaz Angélica Colón 18 1.77 m (5 ft 9+34 in) Bayamón
Juncos Juncos Shamari Vázquez 17 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) Juncos
Lajas Lajas Gina Angeliz Herrera 19 1.77 m (5 ft 9+34 in) Carolina
Lares Lares Dariana Santiago 20 1.76 m (5 ft 9+14 in) Lares
Las Marías Las Marías Darling Cruz 19 1.76 m (5 ft 9+14 in) Ponce
Las Piedras Las Piedras Celimyr de Jesús 21 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in) Las Piedras
Loíza Loíza Edaris López 17 1.72 m (5 ft 7+34 in) Bayamón
Luquillo Luquillo Stephanie Pagán 19 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in) Luquillo
Manatí Manatí Sheila Santiago 17 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in) Manatí
Maunabo Maunabo Yessenia Monge 18 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) San Juan
Mayagüez Mayagüez Kimberly Guzmán 18 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) Mayagüez
Moca Moca Odemaris Ortiz 20 1.72 m (5 ft 7+34 in) Moca
Morovis Morovis Carolyn Tossas 18 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Morovis
Naguabo Naguabo Krizia Lugo 20 1.76 m (5 ft 9+14 in) Ponce
Naranjito Naranjito Gloria Alicea 18 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in) Naranjito
Orocovis Orocovis Ana Irma Rosado 23 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in) Ponce
Peñuelas Peñuelas Liz Angela Lugo 17 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) Peñuelas
Ponce Ponce Darla Pacheco 19 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in) Ponce
Quebradillas Quebradillas Yolanda Marrero 21 1.82 m (5 ft 11+34 in) Quebradillas
Rincón Rincón Roxana Ríos 21 1.76 m (5 ft 9+14 in) Rincón
Río Grande Río Grande Patricia Quiñones 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Bayamón
Río Piedras Río Piedras Elia Enid Colón 19 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) San Juan
Salinas Salinas Alexandra González 19 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in) Ponce
San Germán San Germán Nicole Bahamundi 19 1.76 m (5 ft 9+14 in) San Germán
San Juan San Juan Jennifer Colón 20 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in) San Juan
San Lorenzo San Lorenzo Chantee Díaz 20 1.76 m (5 ft 9+14 in) San Lorenzo
San Sebastián San Sebastián Krystal Mendoza 18 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in) San Juan
Santa Isabel Santa Isabel Stefany Hernández 20 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in) San Juan
San Juan Santurce Sharon Gómez 22 1.71 m (5 ft 7+14 in) San Juan
Toa Baja Toa Baja Leslie Díaz 18 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Bayamón
Trujillo Alto Trujillo Alto Dayalí Romero 18 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in) Trujillo Alto
Utuado Utuado Maricelis González 26 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in) Utuado
Vega Baja Vega Baja Eydiebel Pérez 19 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Vega Baja
Vieques Vieques Charlyn Rodríguez 19 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in) Vieques
Villalba Villalba Cindia Maldonado 18 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Bayamón
Yabucoa Yabucoa Karelys Robles 20 1.71 m (5 ft 7+14 in) Yabucoa
Yauco Yauco Lorraine Llaurador 19 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in) Yauco


  • Miss Cabo Rojo, Mayra Matos, represented Puerto Rico at Miss Universe 2009 in Nassau, Bahamas where she finished as 4th runner-up. This was Puerto Rico's highest placement so far at Miss Universe since Zuleyka Rivera's win in 2006 until 2018 when Kiara Ortega also finished in the Top 5 and until recent Miss Universe 2019, where Madison Anderson positioned as 1st runner up. She previously won the title of Miss Teen International 2006.
  • Miss San Juan, Jennifer Colón, later competed at Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico 2009 representing Bayamón where she won and later went on to represent Puerto Rico at Miss World 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa where she failed to place in the semi-finals.[6] She previously finished as 2nd runner-up at Miss Puerto Rico Teen 2006.
  • Miss Santurce, Sharon Gómez, represented Puerto Rico at Miss International 2006 in Beijing, China where she finished in the semi-finals. She also finished as 3rd runner-up at Miss Hawaiian Tropic 2008 and competed in Nuestra Belleza Latina 2008. She was also Miss Puerto Rico Turismo 2006.
  • Miss Adjuntas, Haydil Rivera, previously held the titles of Miss Teen Puerto Rico 2004, Miss Teen World 2004, Miss Puerto Rico International 2007 and represented Puerto Rico at Miss International 2007 in Tokyo, Japan where she finished in the semi-finals.
  • Miss Arroyo, Ruth Rivera, competed in Miss Puerto Rico Teen 2004 and Miss World Puerto Rico 2005.
  • Miss Carolina, Gloria Almonte, held the titles Miss New York Teen USA 2001 and Miss New York USA 2007 and finished as 1st runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2001 and was unplaced at Miss USA 2007.
  • Miss Canóvanas, Carla Vázquez, and Miss Patillas, Rosaura Latorre resigned from the competition only days before the final pageant night. The public found about their resignation during the preliminary competition when neither contestant participated in the event.
  • Miss Maunabo, Yessenia Monge, was the shortest participant in Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009 (5'2").
  • Miss Jayuya, Tessy Inez Liddell, is the only contestant who was never featured on the show Por La Corona.
  • Miss Yabucoa, Karelys Robles, was hospitalized and had to go under surgery days before the final competition, therefore she was not able to compete during the final competition.


  • Monica Pastrana (Miss Arecibo), Stephanie Figueroa (Miss Bayamón), and Agnes Benítez (Miss Cataño) participated at Nuestra Belleza Latina 2009. Agnes became one of the semi-finalists but was eliminated right before the twelve finalists were selected. Monica and Stephanie became part of the official twelve finalists, however Stephanie was disqualified from the competition within the first week, and Monica finished in seventh place overall.[7]
  • Glorimar Serrano (Miss Caguas), Rebecca Fernández (Miss Culebra), and Jennifer Colón Alvarado (Miss San Juan) participated at Miss World Puerto Rico 2009. Glorimar and Rebecca placed as one of the twelve semi-finalists, and Jennifer won the pageant.
  • Yessenia Monge (Miss Maunabo) later participated at Miss Puerto Rico Petite 2009.
  • Darla Pacheco (Miss Ponce) would later represent Puerto Rico at Miss International Beauty 2009 in which she placed as a semi-finalist.[8] On November 7, 2011, Darla later competed in Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2012 pageant representing Yabucoa where she finished as Top 10. She later won the title of Miss Earth Puerto Rico 2012 and represented the island at Miss Earth 2012 but failed to place in the semi-finals.
  • Agnes Benítez (Miss Cataño) would later represent Puerto Rico at the Miss Tourism Queen International 2009.[9] pageant in which she placed as a semi-finalist and was appointed the title of Miss Tourism of Americas. In 2011 Agnes was crowned Miss Puerto Rico Earth 2011[10] and she represented Puerto Rico at Miss Earth 2011 but failed to place in the semi-finals.
  • Stephanie Pagan (Miss Luquillo) would later represent United States at Miss Intercontinental 2009 in which she placed as a semi-finalist.[11]
  • Mónica Pastrana (Miss Arecibo) would later represent Puerto Rico at Miss International 2009.[6]


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