Dayanara Martinez Crowned Miss Mundo Puerto Rico 2018
Dayanara Martinez from Canóvanas was crowned as Miss World Puerto Rico 2018 in the grand finale of Miss Mundo Puerto Rico on January 17, 2018 at the Raúl Juliá Theater of the Art Museum of Puerto Rico. Dayanara Martinez succeeds Stephanie Del Valle as the representative of Puerto Rico at Miss World pageant and will now be representing the country at Miss World 2018 wherein Manushi Chhillar of India will crown her successor as next Miss World.
During the same event, Miss Trujillo, Alto Mónica Serrano was titled as the first runner up while Miss Ponce, Yarelis Salgado was adjudged as the second runner up.
Due to unavoidable natural calamities in Puerto Rico, the pageant was cancelled twice, consequentially leading the nation to be absent from Miss World pageant, when the reigning queen herself belonged to the country. Stephanie Del Valle, who won the Miss World crown in 2016 had to pass on her crown without her nation competing at the Miss World 2017 pageant.
Puerto Rico has won the Miss World crown twice under the representation of Wilnelia Merced, who was crowned as Miss World 1975 and Stephanie Del Valle, who was titled as Miss World 2016. After the hiatus of one year, Puerto Rico is back at the Miss World pageant.