Miss Universe Philippines is more than just a beauty pageant. It is also a platform for empowered women to raise awareness and initiate change for causes they believe in.
“As a beauty queen, you have an advocacy, you have a voice," fan favorite Maureen Wroblewitz told Star Magic Inside News.
A voice that is further amplified as not only do they get to campaign their own individual advocacies, the Top 30 also get to become ambassadors for Save the Children - the foundation that the competition partnered with this year.
Apart from their stunning good looks and impeccable poise, we totally stan these queens for standing for their causes.
Read on to find out about the advocacies of the remaining Top 28 candidates vying for the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 crown:
1. Steffi Rose Aberasturi (Cebu Province)
An advocate for small businesses, Steffi empowers local Cebuano entrepreneurs through her Queendera Project. In an Instagram post, Steffi is seen partnering up with Bear Essentials and promoting their collaborative merch. While 90% of the sales will go to the brand, she said that the remaining 10% will be allotted to her initiative. These funds will then be used to bring power and light to four selected traditional arts and crafts businesses in Cebu Province.
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2. Beatrice Luigi Gomez (Cebu City)
Bea is no stranger to advocating for gender equality. She inspired plenty with her confidence during the question-and-answer portion when she proudly proclaimed, “I guess what makes me beautiful is my bravery and being true to myself. To tell you guys, honestly, I have a girlfriend. I have tattoos, and I am proud of my imperfections. I guess that is what makes me beautiful.”
Not only that, she also started a community project called BEyouthfulPH that focuses on youth empowerment.
3. Maureen Wroblewitz (Pangasinan)
Maureen stands strong while expressing the importance of breast cancer awareness. Participating in a campaign with ICanServe Foundation, a breast cancer advocacy group promoting awareness and early detection, Mauwrob shows her love and support with the hashtag #WhyWeFight. She was so brave to do this for her mother, whom she lost due to this disease.
3. Victoria Velasquez Vincent (Cavite)
Habitat for Humanity Philippines is an organization that helps Filipino families build houses. Being an architect, Victoria became a technical volunteer in this organization, and said that everyone deserves a safe and sustainable home to live in.
Another way the Cavite candidate advocates sustainability is through promoting small lifestyle changes that contribute to bigger causes. She cited her being vegan as an example, and hoped that in using her platform, that small ripple will extend by encouraging others to make healthier lifestyle choices, too.
5. Simone Nadine Bornilla (Marinduque)
Simone has made her parents proud by using her Miss Universe Philippines platform to express the importance of inclusivity. In an Instagram post, Simone reminisces about the time she was discriminated in school for having gay parents. She said that facing prejudice and judgment strengthens her need for being an LGBTQ+ ally, “That’s why I want to be a voice for the LGBTQ+ community. No one should be judged based on your sexual preference nor the sexual orientation of your family.I am your LGBTQ+ ally on the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 stage,” she said.
6. Kisses Delavin (Masbate)
PBB-alumni Kisses is keen on alleviating poverty. She was inspired by her parents who she witnessed make an impact in their community through their business by ensuring reasonable pricing. She shared with Boy Abunda during a The Purple Chair interview, that we as a people should focus on giving, be it money or service, to those most vulnerable. This is also aligned with her aspiration to follow Gina Lopez’ advocacy for children’s rights.
7. Sam Santamaria (Parañaque)
A youth leader for the past ten years for OLBL Youth, Sam believes in the power of sports and art for community development. The Parañaque beauty queen and athlete shares that, aside from recreation, these avenues form values such as discipline and hard work. In an interview with Luis Portelles, she shared that she recently volunteered for a Girl Scouts game that aims to “empower young Filipinas to use sport as a means to get out of poverty” and it was a cause she really resonated with.
8. Ayn Bernos (San Juan City)
Ayn is the embodiment of self-love and body positivity. The Tiktok influencer and entrepreneur has been consistently championing these values through her social platforms as well as her brand, Morena the Label. “I've always been passionate about raising awareness on colorism and inspiring fellow morenas to celebrate their skin color,” she told Cosmopolitan Philippines in an interview.
9. Katrina Dimaranan (Taguig)
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Having experienced being homeless herself, Taguig’s bet, Katrina wants to alleviate homelessness and help children at the same time. She believes that with proper nurturing and care, kids can grow up to be the best persons they can be. A feat she not only rallies, but also embodies as she overcame challenges to be the successful role-model that she is.
10. Princess Kristha Singh (Pasig)
In her line of work as an international flight attendant, Princess Kristha has traveled much of the world. Not only did this allow her to see famous sights, this also appears to have helped widen her worldview. When Afghan refugees arrived in Doha, she immediately rallied her followers for donations for the displaced. This isn’t the first time she mobilized her global network for a cause, though. During the 2020 Taal eruption, she organized a donation drive, and joined in the delivering of goods herself.
Here are some of the other advocacies of the Miss Universe 2021 beauty queens:
11. Christelle Abello (Aklan): Empowering Military Children, and Bayanihan
12. Janela Joy Cuaton (Albay): Youth Empowerment
13. Mirjan S. Hipolito (Angeles City): Women Empowerment
14. Noelyn Rose Mabuhay Campos (Antique): Children Empowerment, and Sustainable Tourism
15. Megan Julia Digal (Bukidnon): Diversity and Inclusivity in Beauty
16. Vincy Labadan Vacalares (Cagayan de Oro City): Empowerment, and Education
17. Jedidah Korinihona (Davao del Sur): Strengthening family values by nurturing children through: God Is All We Have Ministries and Metro World Child Organization
18. Krizzaleen Mae B. Valencia (Davao Occidental): Mental Health
19. Kheshapornam Ramachandran (Iloilo City): Gender Equality, through ambassadorship for Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Iloilo
20. Jan Louise Abejero (Isabela): Community Transformation, through Center for Community Transformation (CCT)
21. Leren Mae Bautista (Laguna): Anti-Bullying
22. Isabelle de los Santos (Makati): Empowerment
23. Maria Corazon Abalos (Mandaluyong): Scoliosis Awareness
24. Izabella Jasmine Umali (Manila): Mental Health
25. Chella Grace Falconer (Misamis Oriental): Education
26. Grace Charmaine Vendiola (Negros Oriental): Mental Health
27. Jane Nicole Miñano (Romblon): Tourism and Environment
28. Michelle Angela Okol (Siargao Island): Self-Acceptance and Sustainability
For more information on how to help, you may visit:
Save the Children’s official website
ICanServe Foundation’s official website
Metro World Child Organization’s official website
Boy Scouts of the Philippines’ official website
Center for Community Transformation Group of Ministries’ official website
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