Miss Universe Philippines

HIGHLIGHTS: Miss Universe Philippines 2020

HIGHLIGHTS: Miss Universe Philippines 2020


Over 40 women vie for the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 crown during the pageant finals, which airs on October 25, Sunday.

The candidates and organizers have been spending the past few weeks in Baguio City, which played host to preliminary events and the finals. It’s the very first edition of the pageant under the Miss Universe Philippines organization. It’s also being held under extraordinary circumstances – the coronavirus pandemic.

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Former Miss Universe Philippines titleholders on stage

FULL LIST: Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Top 16

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(In no particular order)

Skelly Ivy Florida, Biliran (Lazada top vote-getter)

Paula Madarieta Ortega, Albay

Pauline Amelinckx, Bohol

Christelle Abello, Aklan

Rabiya Mateo, Iloilo City

Tracy Maureen Perez, Cebu City

Alaiza Malinao, Davao

Kimberly “Billie” Hakenson, Cavite

Apriel Smith, Cebu Province

Caroline Joy Veronilla, Misamis Oriental

Lou Dominique Piczon, Mandaue City

Sandra Lemonon, Taguig

Michele Gumabao, Quezon City

Maria Fee Tajaran, Romblon

Riana Agatha Pangindian, Pasig City

Maria Ysabella “Bella” Ysmael, Parañaque

Miss Batanes Jan Alexis Elcano wins Best Tourism Video

Who made the opening number dresses?

Those beautiful opening number dresses were designed by Albert Andrada, who is also Design Council Head for Miss Universe Philippines.

More snaps from the #MissUniversePhilippines live stream

LOOK: Miss Universe Philippines 2020 stage

Gazini Ganados: ‘It has been an honor to represent you during the best year of my life’

Outgoing Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados posted a message of thanks ahead of the airing for the finals Sunday, October 23.

The beauty queen wrote:

Mahal kong Pilipinas! It has been an honor to represent you during the best year of my life. Looking back, I feel nothing but gratitude. The past year was built with powerful experiences, learnings and opportunities to help which I will treasure forever.

To the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc., Miss Universe Philippines Organization, and all the organizations I’ve worked with, thank you because more than letting me live out this dream, you gave me this amazing job and platform to push for causes that I am passionate about. Thank you to my family, friends, trainors, sponsors, and to all who supported me on this journey. Mommy Jonas Borces! I miss you now more than ever and I know you’re now with Nanay and Tatay in heaven. 🤍

To the next Miss Universe Philippines, In these crazy crazy times, stick to your purpose and understand the power behind that. Don’t forget to enjoy the journey!

I am beyond excited to turn the page and begin a new chapter.

Always and forever,


Important links

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Here’s everything you need to know before the finals begins airing:

The show will air on GMA 7 and stream on KTX. It’ll also air via Empire.ph – P299 will get you access to the Ring Light series, which includes footage from previous events in the pageant.

This year’s pageant was very different. While activities kicked off in early 2020, things went silent for a few months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s Rappler contributor Voltaire Tayag’s best bets list ahead of the finals.

Preliminaries were held a few days back. Here are snaps from the swimsuit and evening gown competitions.

Government officials – including the presidential spokesperson and a legislator – are among the judges for finals night. Here is the full list of judges for the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant.