1967 MISS UNIVERSE
She was crowned the 16th Miss Universe on July 15 1967 in Miami Beach, Florida and reigned until July 13, 1968. Movie actress Pilar Pilapil was the Philippine delegate to Miss Universe in 1967.
Sylvia was the only Miss Universe who flew all the way from the US to join Miss U 1952 Armi Kuusela and Miss U 1969 Gloria Daz as special guests in Miss Universe 1974 being held in Manila. All three Miss Universe winners were seated right onstage.
It was an instant reunion for Sylvia and Bob Barker for the legendary host debuted as Miss Universe pageant emcee in the 1967 edition which Sylvia won.
| 1967 Miss Universe & Runners Up|
| 1967 Miss Philippines Pilar Pilapil in Miss U|
Later this year, Miss Universe fans were greeted with the sad news that Luz Marina Zuluaga of Colombia, Miss Universe 1958 passed away on December 2 due to heart failure. She was 77 years old.
The late Luz Marina almost didn’t meet her destiny with the Miss Universe crown on her head for she finished as 1st RU only during the 1957 Miss Colombia Pageant.
However, the winner got married just before the pageant thus giving Luz the chance to compete as Colombia’s very first Miss Universe representative. She was crowned the 7th Miss Universe on July 26 1958 at Long Beach, California and reigned until July 24, 1959
|1st RU Brazil 2nd RU Hawaii Miss U 1958 3rd RU USA 4th RU Poland|
| Miss U 58 Luz Marina Zuluaga & Ariadna Gurtierrez |
during Paulina's homecoming visit
|Colombia's past & present Miss U winners|
| Miss U queens on Colombian TV. She would pass away|
months after this televised interview