LOOK: Maxine Medina’s pearls for the Miss Universe National Gift Auction

Alexa Villano
Proceeds from the gifts in the auction will go to Positive Action Foundation Philippines

PEARL SET. A pearl necklace and earring set that Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina will auction off for the Miss Universe National Gift Auction. Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – After their courtesy call with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang on Monday, January 23, the Miss Universe candidates gathered at Conrad Hotel for the National Gift Auction. 

This year, 10 gifts were selected for the live auction. The Philippines’ bet Maxine Medina presented to the audience a pearl necklace and earring set.

In an interview with Rappler, Terry Alan Farris, managng director of Pass It Forward said that proceeds from the gifts will go to Positive Action Foundation Philippines.

‘It’s a registered non-profit beneficiary. And the funds will go toward their shelter campaign, which is on Pass It Forward,” he said. 

Martin Nievera hosted the event with the 86 candidates wearing gowns from the Philippines top designers such as Rajo Laurel, Francis Libiran, Fanny Serrano and more. Maxine wore a gown by rising fashion designer Odelon Simpao.

Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz and Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran were also present at the event, dressed by designer Albert Andrada.

Actors Enrique Gil, Matteo Guidicelli, former Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida and former Miss USA 2014 and 2015 Nia Sanchez and Olivia Jordan were also present at the event.





Miss Universe 1991 Lupita Jones of Mexico was also spotted at the auction area.


There was also a women empowerement program during the event, with 10 women honored during the night. The ladies honored were:

  • Lea Salonga
  • Vicki Belo
  • Rosalinda Bernales
  • Hidilyn Diaz
  • Alice Eduardo
  • Margarita Fores
  • Solar Lola
  • Nedy Tantoco
  • Tourism secretary Wanda Teo

 – Rappler.com

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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.