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Pinay beauty queens’ contrasting beliefs about transgender women joining beauty pageants

Pinay beauty queens’ contrasting beliefs about transgender women joining beauty pageants

  • Beauty queens expressed their opinions about the inclusion of transgender women at the Miss Universe.
  • Winwyn Marquez, Maxine Medina, and Gloria Diaz are against the idea, while Catriona Gray showed support. 

The topic of transgender women joining beauty pageants has been re-opened after Miss Spain 2018, Angela Ponce, successfully became a part of the Miss Universe 2018.

She was acknowledged as the first ever transgender contestant of the competition by honoring her with her own segment during the coronation night. After the preliminary rounds, the 27-year-old said that it was an honor and pride to be part of the pageant.

“I don’t need to win Miss Universe. I only need to be here,” she said in the video.

“I always say: having a vagina didn’t transform me into a woman. I am a woman, already before birth, because my identity is here.”

While she’s proud of her achievement, Filipino beauty queens have different viewpoints regarding the inclusion of transgender women in beauty pageants.

Beauty queens expressed their opinions. 

2017 Reina Hispanoamericana titleholder Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez said that as much as she loved the idea of Spain allowing Ponce to join, she still thinks that the Miss Universe should be given to “natural born women”. She also clarified that she has nothing against transgenders.

“Kasi there is Miss International Queen, tama ba? It’s a prestigious pageant also… let’s just give it (Miss Universe) for natural born-women and for transgenders to have their own prestigious pageant. Pero kung a-allow naman ng Miss Universe pageant, then we should accept it also.”

Miss Universe-Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina was also not keen on having transgender women in the Miss Universe competition.

“Well, kung gusto niya talaga sumali, may mga pageants naman na for them. So, let’s give them an idea na meron naman talagang pageant for them. Para man equal din sa girls di ‘ba.”

The 1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz hoped that there will be a separate pageant for transgenders instead.

In one report by Bombo Radyo, Diaz mentioned that there’s nothing wrong with Ponce’s participation in the pageant, but she hopes for a better venue for transgenders.

As other netizens also shared the same sentiments as Marquez, Medina, and Diaz, the newly-crowned Miss Universe, Catriona Gray, defended Ponce’s right to join the pageant.

A month prior to the coronation night, Gray has expressed her support to the inclusion of transgender candidates to the line-up of contestants.

“I’m open to it, because individually, I see beauty queens more than a physical aspect,” she answered in one episode of The Bottomline.

“We represent something — that has to be what we’re there for. And she has a purpose. She is that voice for the transgender community.

“If she can further educate people about what are the needs of the transgender community to get us to be more compassionate towards them… I have close friends who are transgender, so I’ve heard their experiences, and there is a lot of work to be done in how we come towards them.”


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Miss Universe Title Holders in the Philippines

Miss Universe Title Holders in the Philippines

  • Beauty pageants have been one of the reason why Filipinos come together.
  • Miss Universe Philippine candidates that came in Top 6, have been a runner up and the winner.
  • In celebration and preparation for the next Miss Universe pageant.

Miss Universe is one of the most publicized beauty pageants together with Miss World, Miss Earth and Miss International. These are the women that came in Top 6, have been a runner up and won the title:


Lalaine Bennett: 3rd Runner Up

Lalaine Bennett is a mestiza from Bayombong, Nueva Ecija. She married Felix Skievasky, an American naval officer of Filipino-Polish descent. They were married at the San Marcelino Church in Manila on Sept. 7, 1964. The newlyweds later settled in Seattle, Washington.


Gloria Diaz: WINNER

She was studying in college when Gloria Diaz was scouted by a pageant aficionado. She was convinced to join Binibining Pilipinas. She was beautiful, yes, but her wit was what captivated the audience and crowned Bb. Pilipinas – Universe in 1969 at only eighteen years old. She is separated from businessman Gabriel “Bong” Daza, with whom she has two daughters, Isabelle and Ava and son, Raphael.


Margarita Moran: WINNER

Margarita Moran is currently the President of Ballet Philippines.  She is actually also the granddaughter of the Fifth President of the Philippines, Manuel Acuña Roxas. She married Congressman Antonio R. Floirendo, Jr. of Davao del Norte but separated after thirty years of marriage. They have two daughters; Monica Danielle and Gabrielle Antoinette.


Chiqui Brosas: 4th Runner Up

During the pageant, she was humbly called “Miss Numero Uno” by the press. She married Filipino-German business magnate Ralph Hahn in 1983.


Chat Silayan: 3rd Runner Up

A year after Miss Universe, she started her acting career in the Philippines. Chat Silayan died when she was just 46 in April 2006 due to colon cancer. She was married to Michael Bailon and they have three children together: Victory, Timothy and Micaela.


Desiree Verdadero: 3rd Runner Up

After more than twenty years of being crowned, Desiree Verdadero still feels like one of the most beautiful women in the world because of her husband, former model Dr. JB Abesamis. They have two children together: Aya and Bien.


Charlene Gonzales: Top 6

After the pageant, she became an award-winning host in ABS-CBN. Her most notable role in acting is Dyesebel in 1996. She is married to actor Aga Muhlach and they have twins togteher: Andres and Atasha.


Miriam Quiambao: 1st Runner Up

Before she joined Binibining Pilipinas, she was a therapist in St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. She also worked as an instructor in a gym. During the preliminary round of the evening gown competition, she slipped and fell on stage. Despite that, she collected herself and walked graciously. At the finals she said, “she felt she represented those women who have fallen both on and off the stage” and that she hopes to be “an example to the rest of the women in the world.”


Venus Raj: 4th Runner Up

Venus Raj was born to an Indian father and a Filipino mother. After her birth, her mother took her to Bato, Camarines Sur in Bicol. She was registered as a Philippine-born by her aunt. This became an issue when she won and had been dethroned. In a local interview, she stated that a representative for Miss Universe 2010 spoke with her and looked into her case. In the same interview, she said, “My fight is now more than just chasing a dream. It is about clearing my soiled reputation. It is about standing up for people who are poor and born out of wedlock. It is a fight for acceptance.”


Shamcey Supsup: 3rd Runner Up

In 2013, Shamcey Supsup married her boyfriend Lloyd Lee after a few months of dating. They now have a daughter named Nyke.


Janine Tugonon: 1st Runner Up

Janine Tugonon has a Pharmacy degree and has a Latin honors (Cum laude) at University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Her relationship with Jaypee Santos was a huge issue in her career when she started talking with The Script’s frontman, Danny O’Donoghue.


Ariella Arida: 3rd Runner Up

Ariella Arida graduated in University of Los Baños, Laguna with a degree in Chemistry. Beyond the “shake it off” cheer for Maxine Medina, she admitted that she hopes that in the future, representatives from the Philippines would be allowed to use their native tongue during the question and answer portion.


Pia Wurtzbach: WINNER

Steve Harvey, the host of 2015 Miss Universe, mistakenly called Miss Colombia Ariadna Guiterrez instead of Pia Wurtzbach. Paulina Vega, 2014 Miss Universe, removed the crown from Guiterrez’s head and put it onto Wurtzbach. Before she won Miss Universe,  she was a model and an actress under the stage name “Pia Romero.” She also became a stylist, makeup artist and beauty writer for Philippine Daily Inquirer’s 2bUsection. She was dubbed as the “Most Hardworking Miss Universe.”


Maxine Medina: Top 6

Although having the advantage of being in a home court, Maxine Medina felt pressured at the said pageant. Before the pageant, she was a senior member of Professional Models Association of the Philippines.

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Cristine Reyes takes on possible sexy scenes in “Spirit of the Glass 2: The Haunted”

Cristine Reyes takes on possible sexy scenes in “Spirit of the Glass 2: The Haunted”

  • No more sexy roles for Cristine Reyes?
  • Cristine Reyes sets own limitations on future roles

As a mother to the lovely Amarah, Cristine Reyes is now more conscious to the roles she accepts.

No more sexy roles?

In an interview during the BlogCon of OctoArts’ latest horror offering, Spirit of the Glass 2: The Haunted, Cristine bravely answered the issues being thrown at her, whether she will continue portraying sexy roles or not. She sets her own limitations, she said.

Even though, her husband, Ali Khatibi has always been very supportive of her, she has to keep in mind that everything she does will reflect to their daughter.

“Wala naman siyang binabawal,” Cristine answered if Ali is forcing her not to accept daring roles. “Ang sa kanya lang, parang kung gagawa man ako ng isang project, make sure na it’s something that Amarah (their daughter) will be proud of dahil iba na ngayon,” she added.

Is she missing her roles back then?

“Kung noon, kahit ano, kaya kong gawin dahil wala naman akong iniisip na anak at asawa. Pero ngayon, dahil kasal kami, may asawa na ako, may anak ako, siyempre, lahat ng desisyon na gagawin ko ngayon, kailangan ‘yung makakabuti rin para sa kanila,” Cristine answered.

Thankful enough

The 28-year-old Kapamilya actress is truly grateful for the blessings being showered on her. With back to back films in a month, she cannot help but be thankful.

Prior to SOTG2, Cristine takes lead on Star Cinema’s Seven Sundays.

Spirit of the Glass 2: The Haunted will hit the theaters nationwide on November 1. Let’s see how Cristine will take us to the fright train with Daniel Matsunaga, Benjamin Alves, Janine Gutierrez, Ahron Villaflor, Ashley Ortega, Enrico Cuenca and introducing Maxine Medina, directed by Joey Reyes.

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Converse PH X Inquirer OOTD Fashion Face-Off #ForeverChuck

Converse PH X Inquirer OOTD Fashion Face-Off #ForeverChuck


It was indeed a show of glitz and glamour as Converse Philippines, together with Philippine Daily Inquirer launches Face-Off OOTD 2017. Held at the East Wing of Edsa Shangri-La Mall on March 2, fashion and style came alive.

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Converse and Philippine Daily Inquirer Partnered Up for Face-Off OOTD 2017

Face-Off OOTD 2017

Designers Have, Too, Their Moment

Hosted by Tessa Prieto-Valdez and Vince Velasco, Face-Off OOTD 2017 featured the creations of Michael Leyva, Joel Escober, Seph Bagasao, Jerome Ang, Tipay Caintic, KC Pusing, Vania Romoff, Mark Bumgarner, Wilbur Lang, Thian Rodriguez, Britt Romero, Rei Escario, Andrea Lopa, Ryan Madamba, Risa Bulawan, KC Alaba, Mark Tamayo, and Bon Hansen.

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Tessa Prieto-Valdez Putting Color into the event

And even big names were present at the show, Jun Escario, Lulu Tan-Gan, Mike de la Rosa, Pablo Cabahug, Efren Ocampo, Oj Hofer, Vic Barba, Albert Andrada, Ito Curata, Lulu Tan-Gan, Arcy Gayatin, Pablo Cabahug, Edwin Ao, Oj Hofer, Philip Rodriguez, Cary SantiagoRandy Ortiz, Rhett Eala, JC Buendia and Rajo Laurel.

Star-studded Event

Celebrities are also present at the classic Converse x PDI event. Jem Cubil, Paolo Onesa and the Gimme 5 showed up to support the show.

Face-Off OOTD 2017

Benjamin Alves and Julieanne San Jose were awarded Male and Female Star of The Night. The two received a trophy from Converse at the end of the event.

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Julieanne San Jose and Benjamin Alvez were crowned as the Stars of the Night

Loudest Shout

Flaunting her trademark dancing gown but in white, Maxine Medina showed up at the event. She set the stage on fire and became the highlight of the event.

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Maxine Medina Stole the Whole Show

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Face-Off OOTD 2017

Face-Off OOTD 2017

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