Miss Universe Philippines - updates

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Jonas Gaffud is new creative and events director of Miss Universe Philippines

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Jonas will work with Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc and IMG to strengthen the brand in the country

Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Chavit Singson has yet to 'accept' Miss Universe PH franchise – report

Jan 14, 2019 - 3:09 PM

In a previous interview published on 'The Philippine Star,' the former governor had said that the Philippine franchise 'is already with [him]'

Catriona Gray talks about doing her own interview for a newspaper

May 11, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Catriona's story on the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will come out in a daily broadsheet

From World to Universe Success

Mar 25, 2018 - 12:32 PM

Catriona Gray is not the only beauty queen who has earned the right to compete in both Miss World and Miss Universe

Catriona Gray thanks fans for support in pageant journey

Mar 20, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'Just to think that I'm going to be able to say Catriona Gray, Philippines, gives me the chills all over again,' she says

From Miss World Philippines 2016 to Miss Universe Philippines 2018: The journey of Catriona Gray

Mar 19, 2018 - 8:00 PM

She took on the World, now she's ready to conquer the Universe

Photo by Ben Nabong

READ: Rachel Peters' final speech at Binibining Pilipinas Coronation Night 2018

Mar 19, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Here's Rachel's final speech about her reign as Miss Universe Philippines 2017

Catriona Gray crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:19 AM

She's set to represent the country in the 2018 Miss Universe pageant

CATRIONA GRAY. Miss Universe Philippines 2018 addresses the women of Marawi City in her winning answer. Photo by Rappler

[POLL] Binibining Pilipinas 2018: Who will be Miss Universe Philippines?

Mar 18, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Who do you think will take the most coveted crown? Vote for your favorite on Rappler's unofficial poll!


Nov 23, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Join us as we talk to the Fil-Am Miss Universe judge about training pageant queens, the LGBT community, and his all- transgender model agency Slay

5 ways to help Miss Universe PH Rachel Peters make it to the Top 15

Nov 22, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Here's how to help Rachel Peters win the Philippines' 4th Miss Universe crown

RACHEL PETERS. The Philippines' Miss Universe bet walks in a Yamamay swimsuit during the competition's preliminary round. Photo by Matt Petit/Miss Universe Organization

IN PHOTOS: Rachel Peters at the Miss Universe 2017 preliminaries

Nov 21, 2017 - 10:36 PM

Rachel walks the Miss Universe preliminaries in a Val Taguba gown and swimsuit from Yamamay

8 fun facts: Meet Miss Universe PH 2017 Rachel Peters

May 01, 2017 - 6:23 PM

Who is Rachel Peters? Get to know Maxine Medina s successor former Miss World Philippines candidate and animal lover here

Trump on Kim, De Lima, Binibining Pilipinas 2017 | Midday wRap

May 01, 2017 - 1:02 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

READ: Miss Universe PH 2017 Rachel Peters' winning Q&A

May 01, 2017 - 2:41 AM

Here s the answer that won Rachel Peters the Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2017 crown

MESSAGE TO LEADERS. Rachel Peters says that given a chance, she would speak about the country's divisiveness to the ASEAN leaders. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[POLL] Bb Pilipinas 2017: Who should be crowned Miss Universe PH?

Apr 30, 2017 - 7:52 PM

Who among the 40 candidates should represent the Philippines in Miss Universe 2017? Vote for your favorite in Rappler s unofficial poll

Why PH language chief is disappointed in Maxine Medina

Mar 01, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Buwisit na buwisit ako doon eh National Artist Virgilio Almario says of the Philippine candidate s refusal to tap an interpreter during the Miss Universe 2016 pageant

MAXINE MEDINA. NCCA Chair Virgilio Almario speaks out against Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina's choice to answer in English during the finals. File photo shows Maxine being announced by host Steve Harvey as a top 13 finalist Photo courtesy of HO/The Miss Universe Organization

IN PHOTOS: PH's Maxine Medina at Miss Universe 2016 coronation

Jan 30, 2017 - 5:17 PM

See photos of Maxine at the big event

READ: PH bet Maxine Medina's Miss Universe question-and-answer round

Jan 30, 2017 - 10:37 AM

The candidates face tough questions related to world and current events

Photo courtesy of HO/Miss Universe Organization

PH bet Maxine Medina fails to make Miss Universe top 3

Jan 30, 2017 - 10:29 AM

After the QnA it s a top 6 finish for Maxine Medina

LOOK: Miss Universe contestants try balut!

Jan 30, 2017 - 9:17 AM

Miss Philippines Maxine Medina gleefully explains how to eat balut and shows off the local delicacy to her Miss Universe friends

Margie Moran: You can use beauty to influence for the good

Jan 28, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Miss Universe 1973 Margarita Margie Moran says beauty pageants are also a distraction from the hardships of life

Newsbreak Rappler Talk: Margie Moran

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:07 PM

Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran talks about how a beauty queen s influence could extend beyond her reign

FAST FACTS: Things to know about the Miss Universe pageant

Jan 19, 2017 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) Did you know that Catriona Gray is the 4th Filipina to win the crown?

Catriona Gray of the Philippines smiles after being crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 on December 17, 2018 in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

WATCH: Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2016 candidates visit Philippine Navy

Jan 19, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The ladies visit the Philippine Navy headquarters on their way to Batangas

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2016 candidates shine in PH designs

Jan 15, 2017 - 10:06 PM

The ladies wear ternos by top Filipino fashion designers

PNP reminds Miss Universe security: No selfies, please

Jan 10, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Over 1 300 cops – 57 of them close in security personnel – will be deployed in Metro Manila for the Miss Universe pageant

PAGEANT SECURITY. The PNP gears up for the Miss Universe 2017 pageant. Rappler photo

Duterte to judge Miss Universe pageant?

Dec 09, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Apparently it is a rule for the Miss Universe Organization not to have a judge from the host country but I think if it s the President I think they will make an exception to the rule says Tourism Undersecretary Kat de Castro

SELFIE TIME. Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach takes a selfie with President Rodrigo Duterte during her visit to Malacañang, Monday, July 18. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Janine Tugonon wins international modeling competition

Oct 02, 2016 - 12:04 AM

Former Miss Universe Philippines Janine Tugonon is one of 12 Nu Muses who will be featured in a calendar that celebrates nudity as fine art

NU MUSE. Janine Tugonon is one of the 12 winners of the Nu Muses modeling competition. Screengrab from Instagram/tugononjanine

Duterte doesn't want Steve Harvey to host Miss Universe 2016

Sep 01, 2016 - 2:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte may even raise his opposition with the Miss Universe Organization says Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo

Miss Universe PH 2016 Maxine Medina on the challenge of a back-to-back win

Apr 19, 2016 - 4:40 PM

Pressure sa akin of course because we have to win back to back Everyone is expecting that Maxine says in an interview on Umagang Kay Ganda

9 fun facts: Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina

Apr 19, 2016 - 10:27 AM

Let s get to know the country s representative to the Miss Universe 2016 pageant

Duterte’s rape remark, Ecuador quake, Pia Wurtzbach | 12PM wRap

Apr 18, 2016 - 12:18 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

WATCH: The moment Maxine Medina became Miss Universe Philippines 2016

Apr 18, 2016 - 2:02 AM

Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach turns over her Miss Universe PH crown to Maxine Medina at the Bb Pilipinas 2016 coronation night

WATCH: Miss Universe PH 2016 Maxine Medina's winning response in Bb Pilipinas Q&A

Apr 18, 2016 - 1:49 AM

Maxine Medina fields a tough question after which she is crowned Miss Universe Philippines

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FULL LIST: Winners, Bb Pilipinas 2016 coronation night

Apr 18, 2016 - 1:25 AM

These 6 ladies will represent the country in the international pageants this year

6 QUEENS. Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina with Kylie Verzosa, Joanna Eden, Jennifer Hammond, Jennifer Hammond, Nichole Manalo, and Nicole Cordoves after they are crowned at Binibining Pilipinas 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: Bb Pilipinas 2016 evening gown competition at coronation night

Apr 17, 2016 - 11:30 PM

Gorgeous gowns a flurry of color – watch clips from the evening gown competition here

WATCH: Bb Pilipinas 2016 swimsuit competition at coronation night

Apr 17, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Clips from the swimsuit competition from the Bb Pilipinas 2016 coronation night held Sunday April 17

Search for Binibining Pilipinas 2016 begins

Jan 05, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Five titles are at stake for the ladies who plan to compete

Margie Moran, Gloria Diaz on Pia Wurtzbach's win

Dec 22, 2015 - 1:49 PM

Margie and Gloria talk about the error in the announcement while other former Miss Universe bets also chime in

MISS UNIVERSE. Former Philippines Miss Universe Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran speak up on Pia Wurtzbach's win. Photo courtesy of HO/The Miss Universe Organization

IN PHOTOS: Pia Wurtzbach's 3-year Miss Universe journey

Dec 21, 2015 - 4:02 PM

It may have taken 3 tries for the Philippines Pia Wurtzbach to make it to the Miss Universe pageant – but all her hard work has paid off as she is crowned Miss Universe 2015 Let s take a look back at her journey here

Mix-up seen 'round the universe: Host Steve Harvey announces wrong winner

Dec 21, 2015 - 12:17 PM

Host Steve Harvey announces the wrong winner in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (2nd R), who was mistakenly named as First Runner-up reacts with other contestants after being named the 2015 Miss Universe during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Miss Universe PH 2015 Pia Wurtzbach asks #AlDub fans: Support me

Dec 19, 2015 - 6:30 PM

Pia posts a photo of herself doing the pabebe wave

PABEBE WAVE. Miss Universe Philippines calls on AlDub fans to vote for her at the Miss Universe 2015 finals. Screengrab from Instagram/piawurtzbach

15 who delivered: The Miss Universe 2015 preliminary rounds

Dec 18, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Pageant blogger Norman Tinio weighs in on his Miss Universe 2015 Top 15 following the preliminary rounds and gives his take on Philippine bet Pia Wurtzbach s performance

PART OF THE 15. Pageant blogger Norman Tinio weighs in on his Top 15 candidates for Miss Universe 2015, based on the preliminaries. Screengrabs from Facebook/MissUniverse

LOOK: Miss Universe PH 2015 Pia Wurtzbach's national costume

Dec 17, 2015 - 7:49 PM

Pia s capiz terno is designed by Albert Andrada

Emotional Pia Wurtzbach recalls challenging road to Miss Universe

Nov 28, 2015 - 10:17 AM

It took Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach 3 years to win the crown

Miss Universe PH Pia Wurtzbach: Work around your weaknesses

May 09, 2015 - 11:18 AM

They used to call her Piazilla – but Pia s height makes her an elegant beauty queen Here are lessons from Miss Universe PH that also work in daily life

Pia Wurtzbach: No sabotage, no catfights in Bb Pilipinas

Mar 17, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Pia says security and staff are always on standby for any signs of trouble

Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Miss Universe PH Pia Wurtzbach: I'm not going to waste my victory

Mar 16, 2015 - 1:04 PM

It was a long journey getting here says the new Miss Universe Philippines

WATCH: Pia Wurtzbach wins Miss Universe PH crown

Mar 16, 2015 - 12:28 AM

The exact moment Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach wins the Miss Universe PH crown at the Bb Pilipinas 2015 coronation night