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Who is Roberta Angela Tamondong, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2022?

Ysa Abad
Who is Roberta Angela Tamondong, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2022?

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Roberta is aiming to be the first Filipina beauty queen to take home the Miss Grand International crown

Roberta Angela Tamondong has big shoes to fill – no other Filipina beauty queen has ever won the Grand International crown since the pageant’s inception in 2013. 

This might be too much pressure for some, but the Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2022 titleholder is no stranger to making history for the Philippines in the international pageant scene. 

Pageant veteran

At 19 years old, the San Pablo, Laguna bet has already made a name for herself in the beauty pageant community. 

She bagged her very first pageant: Miss Generation East 2018 Magic Circle, then in 2019, she was crowned Mutya ng San Pablo and finished as 1st runner-up in Miss Teen Tourism Philippines. She was also crowned Binibining Quezon City in 2019, and competed at Miss Bikini Philippines 2019, where she also placed as the runner-up. 

In November 2020, she was appointed by Miss World Philippines national director Arnold Vegafria as Miss Eco Teen Philippines, where she had to represent the country in the pageant in Egypt. With less than a week of preparation, Roberta took home in December 2020 the title of Miss Eco Teen International – making her the first Filipina to do so. 

It was no surprise then when Roberta’s participation in the Binibining Pilipinas 2022 competition caught the attention of pageant aficionados. Her experience shone throughout the stint, especially when she made waves online with her national costume. 

For the Q&A portion, she was asked: “Nowadays, we often hear the word ‘essentials.’ At this point in your life, what are the missing essentials and why do you say so?”

“I think one of the missing essentials nowadays especially if [sic] you came from Generation X is maybe old telephones. Because that’s [sic] the reason why I remember my dad and I going to a vintage shop and buying a vintage telephone. And with that, I can really see the importance of our history and what we came from in the past. Thank you,” she answered. 

During their send-off party, Roberta expressed her gratitude for being given the chance to represent the Philippines again on the international stage: “I’m super happy to be given this title as Miss Grand Philippines…. The day we got crowned is the day we went to work. Every day is a day for us to learn, to learn from our mistakes and turn it into a lesson, for us to grow as a person.”

More about Roberta

The student-model is also known to be an advocate for environmental awareness. 

In her Binibining Pilipinas profile, Roberta also listed down playing sports, such as baseball, volleyball, shooting, and badminton, as her interests. 

Roberta is currently in Indonesia for several pre-pageant activities for Miss Grand international. The country’s highest placing in the pageant is 1st runner-up from Nicole Cordoves (2016) and Samantha Bernardo (2021). – 

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