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Then & Now: 10 Stunning Filipina Miss Universe Queens of the Past 10 Years

Do you still remember these gorgeous women during their stints as Miss Philippines on the prestigious Miss Universe stage?

There’s no denying that Filipinas are some of the most beautiful in the world. (The universe, rather.) With countless gorgeous women from our dense capital city to the farthest flung provinces of the country, the Philippines has no shortage of pageant-worthy faces; hence, the pageant-loving nation we’ve become today.

Yas, queens! Gazini Ganados, Shamcey Supsup-Lee, Janine Tugonon, Ariella Arida, and Venus Raj at the recently concluded Miss Universe Philippines 2020 competition

Inasmuch as basketball is unofficially a national sport in the country, pageantry may as well be considered another “national sport” among Filipinos—the Big Four in international beauty pageants akin to the Olympics. We can even say that the fervor with which we support our candidates is on the same level as our support for athletes, which grows even more and more intense each year as the Philippines continues to cement its position as a pageant powerhouse.


Beauty pageants in the time of a pandemic

As the whole world continues to grapple with COVID-19 and the “new normal” this year, it would’ve been safe to assume that the country would be less interested in pageants. That’s not the case, however, as Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pressed on and crowned Rabiya Mateo—our 65th Miss Universe Philippines candidate and the first Miss Universe Philippines enthroned by the new Miss Universe Philippines organization. 


With Rabiya set to represent the country in the upcoming Miss Universe beauty pageant, we couldn’t help but look back at the 10 queens that came before her—all of whom have brought pride to the country by carrying us consistently to the competition’s Top 20 since 2010. Here’s a look at the Philippines’ most beautiful then and now!


Lead artwork by Raff Colmenar.


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