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WATCH: Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen remembers historic pageant win 26 years later

May 24, 2020 - 7:00 PM

In 1994, Sushmita made history, becoming India's first Miss Universe titleholder

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant night moved to October

May 06, 2020 - 10:34 AM

Here's what you can expect from the brand new pageant in the coming months

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WATCH: Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates talk about the women who inspire them

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:28 PM

Eight candidates talk about phenomenal women whom they take inspiration from

Miss Universe Philippines Press Presentation. Photo by Alecs Oncal/Rappler

Binibining Pilipinas, Miss Universe Philippines move pageant night dates

Mar 14, 2020 - 3:58 PM

Bb Pilipinas is scheduled on May 31 while Miss Universe Philippines will hold its finals night on June 14

IN PHOTOS: The Miss Universe Philippines 2020 headshots

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:18 AM

The girls show off their soft looks as shot by photographer Dookie Ducay

IN PHOTOS: The Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates at the runway challenge

Feb 29, 2020 - 11:39 PM

The candidates transform the pathway in Uptown Parade into a fashion runway

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IN PHOTOS: The Miss Universe Philippines 2020 glamshots

Feb 28, 2020 - 1:07 PM

The transformation begins with international photographer Filbert Kung taking shots of the candidates

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates

Feb 15, 2020 - 7:53 AM

Meet the 52 phenomenal women from all over the country

Miss Universe Philippines Press Presentation. Photo by Alecs Oncal/Rappler

Ahtisa Manalo withdraws Miss Universe Philippines bid

Feb 02, 2020 - 3:34 PM

'I need to take care of my health and I hope everyone will be understanding of it, Ahtisa says

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Michele Gumabao applies for Miss Universe Philippines 2020

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:32 AM

'Trading in my sneakers one more time,' says Michele as she makes another bid to join a national pageant

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Miss Universe PH head Shamcey Supsup: No 'rivalry' with BPCI

Jan 30, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'I am really grateful for the opportunity that the Aranetas have given to me and to all of us,' says Shamcey, the national director of the Miss Universe Philippines organization

What you need to know about the Miss Universe Philippines Organization

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:32 AM

The organization is set to stage the pageant in May

2019 in Philippine pageants: An end of an era, new beginnings

Jan 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

We look back at the ups and downs of the Philippine pageant scene

4 years later, Pia Wurtzbach recalls 'the moment that changed my life forever'

Dec 21, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Pia became the country's 3rd Miss Universe on December 20, 2015

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: Catriona Gray answers 17 questions in Miss Universe video

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:32 PM

Catriona Gray answers a few questions before turning over her crown to South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi

Forever grateful: Catriona Gray looks back at Miss Universe win

Dec 17, 2019 - 12:25 PM

'Forever thankful to everyone who built me up, cheered me on, prayed for me and supported me,' Catriona writes

Catriona Gray of Philippines reacts as she is crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters on December 17, 2018 in Bangkok (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Miss Universe Philippines opens search for 2020 candidates

Dec 16, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The group announces the start of its search for the first Miss Universe Philippines under their watch

Miss Universe 2019 broadcast loses viewers in U.S.

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:12 PM

It's the 4th straight year that the pageant lost viewers in the US

MISS UNIVERSE. Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa 2019 is crowned Miss Universe. Photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

Catriona Gray pays tribute to Stella Araneta, Bb Pilipinas

Dec 13, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'I really felt they trusted in my vision and allowed me to represent the Philippines in the best that I could,' says Catriona of Bb Pilipinas which has lost the Miss Universe franchise

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Catriona Gray's reign as Miss Universe 2018

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Queen Catriona is one for the books

Catriona Gray takes her final walk as Miss Universe 2018 during The MISS UNIVERSE® Competition airing on FOX at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, December 8, 2019 live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Contestants from around the globe have spent the last few weeks touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Meet Swe Zin Htet, Myanmar's out and proud Miss Universe bet

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Swe Zin Htet pushes for LGBTQ+ rights in a country where being gay can be punishable by law

Binibining Pilipinas will still hold 'most prestigious beauty pageant' in PH despite losing Miss Universe crown

Dec 10, 2019 - 5:00 PM

After 55 years, the Miss Universe license is no longer with the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc

Bb Pilipinas Coronation Night Group Coronation June 10. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gazini Ganados to Filipino fans: 'I hope I made you proud'

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:28 AM

'I just did all my best. I couldn’t have had it any other way,' says Gazini

Gazini Ganados, Miss Philippines 2019 on stage in fashion by Sherri Hill as a Top 20 finalist with host Steve Harvey during The MISS UNIVERSE® Competition airing on FOX at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, December 8, 2019 live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Contestants from around the globe have spent the last few weeks touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

SUMMARY: Everything you need to know about the Miss Universe 2019 pageant

Dec 09, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Here are the stories you should not miss

MISS UNIVERSE. South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi is Miss Universe 2019. Photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

Who is Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir, Miss Universe Iceland 2019?

Dec 09, 2019 - 4:00 PM

After Gazini Ganados' exit, the biracial beauty and pageant newbie quickly became a fan favorite

FAN FAVORITE. Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir captures the hearts of pageant fans all over the world at the 2019 Miss Universe finals. Screenshot from Instagram.com/birta.abiba

Miss Universe Philippines crown no longer with Binibining Pilipinas

Dec 09, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup is named national director of the Miss Universe Philippines Organization

Catriona Gray homecoming

PH bet Gazini Ganados wins Miss Universe national costume award

Dec 09, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The Miss Universe Organization is quick to add that it wasn't host Steve Harvey's fault

LOOK: Demi-Leigh Nel Peters congratulates Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi

Dec 09, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Demi-Leigh, who won the title in 2017, shows her support for the new queen

Who is Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019?

Dec 09, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Get to know the new Miss Universe

NEW QUEEN. Zozibini is crowned this year's Miss Universe. Photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

DOTr slammed for ‘distasteful' Miss Universe social media post

Dec 09, 2019 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) 'There’s nothing wrong with our post. We are just trying to draw humor,' says Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Communications Goddes Libiran

LOOK: Mak Tumang's 'Reflection' gown for Catriona Gray's final walk as Miss Universe

Dec 09, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The gown is inspired by the 'vision of the Philippine Eagle flying over the flawless turquoise seas embracing our archipelago'

Miss Universe 2018 Philippines' Catriona Gray stands on stage during the 2019 Miss Universe pageant at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on December 8, 2019. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

TRANSCRIPT: Catriona Gray's final message as Miss Universe 2018

Dec 09, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'When we raise our voices together, the words 'women power' become more than just a phrase - they become a movement,' says Catriona

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Universe 2019 closing statements

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Read the final statements of the 3 finalists – Mexico, South Africa, and Puerto Rico

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 08: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Steve Harvey interviews Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson onstage at the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant at Tyler Perry Studios on December 08, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Paras Griffin/Getty Images/AFP

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Universe 2019 final word answers

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:20 AM

The top 3 contestants answer the question: ‘What is the most important thing we should teach young girls today?’

TOP 3. Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson, Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi, and Miss Mexico Sofia Aragon appear onstage at the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images/AFP

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Universe 2019 Q and A segment

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Which answer did you like the best?

South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi is Miss Universe 2019

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Zozibini Tunzi succeeds Catriona Gray of the Philippines

NEW QUEEN. South Africa wins the Miss Universe 2019 crown. Photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

'We're proud of you': Celebrities thank Miss Universe PH bet Gazini Ganados

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Ruffa Gutierrez, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, and other celebrities thank Gazini for representing the Philippines in Miss Universe

STILL PROUD. Celebrities and people online tweet their thanks you messages for Gazini Ganados, who finished in the Top 20. Photo from the Miss Universe Organization

READ: Gazini Ganados' opening statement at Miss Universe 2019

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Here's what Gazini Ganados had to say about her advocacy: elderly care

PH's Gazini Ganados concludes Miss Universe 2019 journey in Top 20

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:47 AM

The Philippine bet to the yearly pageant closes her journey in the Top 20

WATCH: Catriona Gray's final shoot as Miss Universe 2018

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:22 AM

Catriona graces a 'Harper's Bazaar Vietnam' cover and gives a preview of her final message as Miss Universe

LOOK: The all-women panel of judges at Miss Universe 2019

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:09 AM

Girl power! Seven female judges are on this year's panel for Miss Universe 2019.

During Miss Universe 2019 pageant, Gazini tweets: 'Crossed fingers. Laban tayo!'

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:02 AM

'For the Philippines. Laban Tayo!' says Gazini Ganados on Twitter

LABAN. Gazini Ganados at the Miss Universe 2019 preliminaries. Photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

HIGHLIGHTS: Miss Universe 2019 coronation

Dec 08, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Bookmark this page for updates on the coronation of Miss Universe 2019!

Miss Universe 2019: The best bets list

Dec 08, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Rappler contributor Voltaire Tayag give his take on this year's pageant

IN PHOTOS: The showstopping national costumes at Miss Universe 2019

Dec 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

From quirky to political, here are the best costumes from this year's Miss Universe pageant

Vichitta Phonevilay, Miss Laos 2019 on stage during the National Costume Show at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta on Friday, December 6, 2019. The National Costume Show is an international tradition where contestants display an authentic costume of choice that best represents the culture of their home country. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Atlanta. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, December 8, 2019 live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta to see who will become the next Miss Universe. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

LOOK: PH's Gazini Ganados dazzles in Miss Universe 2019 national costume

Dec 07, 2019 - 12:39 PM

It's a Cary Santiago piece like no other

IN PHOTOS: PH's Gazini Ganados at the Miss Universe 2019 preliminary competition

Dec 07, 2019 - 11:04 AM

It's through the preliminary competition that the Top 20 candidates are chosen

Here's what binds the Philippines' Gazini Ganados and Singapore's Mohana Prabha together

Dec 06, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Miss Universe Philippines creative director Jonas Gaffud, who is also a consultant for Miss Universe Singapore, handled Mohana's preparations

LOOK: New Miss Universe 2019 crown unveiled

Dec 06, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Mouawad unveils the 'Power of Unity' crown

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 5: Miss Universe Catriona Gray and Pascal Mouawad unveil the new Miss Universe crown on December 5, 2019 at Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA. Designed by luxury jeweler Mouawad, the crown is crafted in 18-karat gold, handset with more than 1770 diamonds including a magnificent centerpiece shield-cut golden canary diamond weighing 62.83-carats. The Power of Unity crown marks the first collaboration between Mouawad and Miss Universe. Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for Endeavor/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Gazini Ganados showcases Filipino design at Miss Universe 2019

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:48 PM

From a Jun Ador suit to Kadama coat, Gazini's outfits show the best of Filipino fashion