It lasted only about eight months, but she made it worthwhile.
Beatrice Luigi Gomez is no longer Miss Universe Philippines. She passed on the crown to her successor Celeste Cortesi. But we’ll never forget her.
Her reign was short, but she made the most out of it. Even before her crowning moment, she was already an advocate for menstrual health. She also participated in relief efforts for Typhoon Odette’s victims.
The Cebuana stunner described her reign as “fruitful, humbling, and memorable.”
“It changed me a whole lot. I used to be a little girl who was always scared to get out of my comfort zone. But I was able to get out of my shell and face my fears. I’m so glad that I was able to do it,” she said.
Who is Beatrice Luigi Gomez?
The 27-year-old morena beauty is from Cebu. She was Rabiya Mateo’s successor. The Miss Universe Philippines pageant was her third competition.
She is the first bisexual winner of the local pageant. Lobbying for gay rights was, and still is, one of her advocacies.
Gomez is also an athlete. She’s a skilled MMA fighter and volleyball player. She’s also part of the Philippine Navy Reserve Unit. She recently received an award from them.
She’s also passionate about animal rights, women empowerment, and youth empowerment.
After the crown
Gomez has fond memories of the time she competed for the Miss Universe crown, which eventually went to Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu of India.
“It’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to travel outside the country. I enjoyed meeting my sisters. Making a lot of friends from different parts of the world was memorable,” she said of her trip to Israel.
Gomez says that she will continue her community work while pursuing her dreams. She wants to go back to school to study social psychology, which will help her further her causes. She also wants to pursue a hosting career.
Gomez still has a lot going on for her, and she’s not showing signs of stopping soon.
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