beauty pageants

In 2021, Cebu’s beauty queens – and a king – reign supreme

John Sitchon
In 2021, Cebu’s beauty queens – and a king – reign supreme
Cebu’s kings and queens have won a total of four national pageant titles so far this year

After Cebu City native Beatrice Luigi Gomez‘s big win in Miss Universe Philippines 2021 in September, fellow Cebuana Tracy Maureen Perez was crowned Miss World Philippines 2021 on Sunday, October 3.

Their fans from Cebu took to the internet to share their joy over their victories, which further cemented the province as the “Beauty Queen Central of the Philippines.” This also sparked a humorous conversation among Cebuanos about how Cebu’s waters were filled with “beauty-enhancing” properties.

Cebu’s beauty icons have won four major titles so far this year:

Miss Universe Philippines 2021 — Beatrice Luigi Gomez
Mister Gay World Philippines 2021 — Joel Rey Carcasona
Miss World Philippines 2021 — Tracy Maureen Perez
Miss Multinational Philippines 2021 — Shaila Rebortera

In the same Miss World Philippines 2021 pageant with Tracy, Shaila Rebortera, a licensed dentist who represented Cebu Province, won the title of Miss Multinational Philippines 2021.

In 2018, Rebortera won as Cebu’s Sinulog Festival Queen 2018 and Miss Millennial Philippines 2018. 

Another Cebuana, Steffi Rose Aberasturi, placed 2nd runner up in the recent Miss Universe Philippines pageant as well.

Besides our queens, Joel Rey Carcasona, a nursing graduate from Cebu, was crowned as Mr. Gay World Philippines on August 8.

Joel bested 23 male candidates for the title and will be representing the country in the Mr. Gay World 2021 pageant, which is set to happen next year.

Cebu’s history of queens

Cebu holds a long list of beauty queens who’ve made it into national and international pageants.

Before Bea, Tracy, Steffi, and many others, there was actress Pilar Pilapil, a native of Liloan town who walked the Miss Universe stage in 1967.

After her was TV personality Karla Paula Henry, who was crowned Miss Philippines Earth and then Miss Earth in 2008.

Later on, in 2014, One News news anchor and 2013 Sinulog Festival Queen Jamie Herrell took the spotlight and the Miss Earth crown.

There was also Kris Tiffany Janson, Eva Patalinjug, Ilene Astrid de Vera, and Samantha Lo, who all won titles in Binibining Pilipinas.

In 2019, Gazini Ganados was crowned Miss Universe Philippines. Both Gazini and Beatrice actually came from the same university in Cebu.

Read more about Cebu’s beauty queens here. –