Thursday, September 30, 2021

Openly gay model wins Miss Universe Philippines 2021

Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez.

Beatrice Luigi Gomez of Cebu City and a proud member of LGBTQ community has won the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 crown during the finals held Thursday, September 30 at the Henann Resort Convention Center in Panglao, Bohol. 

Besting other 27 contestants, Gomez will represent the country in the 70th edition of Miss Universe pageant in Israel later this year.

Here is the full result:

Final Top 5:

  • Miss Universe Philippines: Beatrice Luigi Gomez (Cebu City)
  • Miss Universe Philippines Tourism: Katrina Dimaranan (Taguig)
  • Miss Universe Philippines Charity: Victoria Velasquez Vincent (Cavite)
  • 1st runner-up: Maureen Wroblewitz (Pangasinan)
  • 2nd runner-up: Steffi Rose Aberasturi (Cebu Province)

Top 10:
  • Maria Corazon Abalos (Mandaluyong) 
  • Leren Mae Bautista (Laguna
  • Kirsten Danielle Delavin (Masbate) 
  • Janela Joy Cuaton (Albay) 
  • Maria Ingrid Teresita Santamaria (ParaΓ±aque) 
Top 16:
  • Christelle Abello (Aklan)
  • Chella Grace Falconer (Misamis Oriental)
  • Izabella Jasmine Umali (Manila) 
  • Mirjan Hipolito (Angeles) 
  • Jane Nicole MiΓ±ano (Romblon)
  • Rousanne Marie Bernos (San Juan City) 
Aside from the crown, Beatrice got the lion share of special awards such as Best in Swimsuit and Best in Evening Gown.

Beatrice studied at University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) in Cebu City with a degree in Mass Communication. She was a member of USJR's varsity volleyball team.

She was 2nd runner-up in Miss Mandaue 2015 and crowned Binibining Cebu in 2020.

During the final question round, she was asked how will she be able to continue inspiring others if during her reign things happened in her life that make her sad and uninspired.

"It is very evident that all of us went through difficulties during this pandemic, but it is also proof that we are able to rise to the occasion. And if anything happened to me during my reign, I will not give up and inspire others by rising to the problems that I am encountering and by inspiring them that whatever you are going through, you will be able to overcome it," her response to the question.

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