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IN PHOTOS: Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidates in their animal-print swimsuits

May 20, 2019 - 2:19 PM

The candidates wear swimsuits by designer Domz Ramos

How and why Binibining Pilipinas 2019 is all about #beyondbeauty

May 19, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Contributing writer Voltaire Tayag tags along with the binibinis and finds out what this year's slogan is all about

Binibining Pilipinas 2019 Beyond Beauty article. Photo from Binibining Pilipinas.

Kapampangan inmates helped make this Binibining Pilipinas candidate's national costume

May 14, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Emma Tiglao's costume 'Fe Esperanza Caridad' by Richie Sabinian is made with the help of the inmates from the Angeles City Jail

IN PHOTOS: The Bb Pilipinas 2019 in their stunning national costumes

May 07, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Ace lensman Raymond Saldaña shoots the ladies in national costumes representing their respective cities and provinces

North Carolina's Cheslie Kryst is Miss USA 2019

May 03, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Cheslie succeeds Sarah Rose Summers as the new queen

IN PHOTOS: The press presentation of the Bb Pilipinas 2019 candidates

Apr 05, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Meet the 40 ladies vying to represent the Philippines in the international pageant circuit

What you need to know about Binibining Pilipinas

Apr 04, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The prestigious organization turns 56 this year!

Bb Pilipinas 2018 Coronation (Catriona Gray)

IN PHOTOS: Bb Pilipinas 2019 talent show

Mar 31, 2019 - 4:00 PM

17 ladies show off their respective talents at the Farmers Plaza

Bb. Pilipinas 2019: Returnees, crossovers and newcomers

Mar 31, 2019 - 11:02 AM

A new batch of ladies are aiming to represent the country in the international pageant scene

Meet Jek dela Cerna, 1st transwoman pageant queen of Mapua Makati

Mar 30, 2019 - 5:03 PM

'I deserve this. I know in my heart that I am a woman,' says Jek dela Cerna

Katarina Rodriguez recalls Miss World experience: 'Parang game show'

Mar 20, 2019 - 5:39 PM

'Mukhang game show,' says Katarina of the competition in Sanya, China

FULL LIST: Official candidates, Binibining Pilipinas 2019

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Did your bet make it?

Why Winwyn Marquez isn't joining Binibining Pilipinas 2019

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:46 AM

The actress was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana in 2017

Photo by Rob Reyes

The Binibining Pilipinas wish list: The search is on for 2019's queens

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Who among the ladies will file and become an official candidate?

Maureen Montagne hopes for a back-to-back win in Miss Eco International

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Maureen talks about some of the preparations she's done for the pageant

Photo by Voltaire Tayag/Rappler

American crowned queen in Thai transgender pageant

Mar 09, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Jazell Barbie Royale is the first person of color to win the Miss International Queen since the competition started in 2004

Contestant Jazell Barbie Royale of the US reacts while being crowned the Miss International Queen 2019 by Miss International Queen 2018, Nguyen Huong Giang during the transgender beauty pageant in Pattaya on March 8, 2019. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Cory Quirino is new president of Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant

Mar 07, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Cory, former Miss World Philippines national director, is back in the world of pageantry

Binibining Pilipinas begins search for 2019 candidates

Mar 02, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Do you have what it takes to be a beauty queen?

Photo by Ben Nabong

Rappler Talk Entertainment: Karen Gallman

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The first Filipino Miss Intercontinental titleholder drops by Rappler

Miss Ethnic Myanmar pageant 2019 belies minorities' woes

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The contest gathers members of Myanmar's ethnic groups, despite conflicts with many groups and Rohingya crisis

Candidates perform on stage as they participate in the Miss Ethnic Myanmar 2019 contest during the Myanmar Ethnics Culture festival in Yangon on January 29, 2019. - This event is being held between January 25 and 30. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)

Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez: Doing Reina Hispanoamericana taught me hard work

Jan 29, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Alyssa says she's weighing her options regarding joining a national competition again in the future

Karen Gallman dedicates Miss Intercontinental win to Filipino fans

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:07 PM

'This crown is not just for me, it's for all of you, and a representation of what we can achieve as a nation,' says Miss Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Miss Intercontinental 2018

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Check out the highlights from the 47th edition of the pageant

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Who is Karen Gallman, Miss Intercontinental 2018?

Jan 27, 2019 - 9:39 AM

Let's get to know Karen a little bit more

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Philippines' Karen Gallman is Miss Intercontinental 2018

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:32 AM

Karen beats 80 plus candidates for the title

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Miss Intercontinental 2018 winners

Jan 26, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Who will win this year's crown?

PH bet Kimi Mugford finishes in Top 5 of Miss Multinational 2018

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:14 AM

Miss USA is Miss Multinational 2018

LOOK: Karen Gallman's national costume for Miss Intercontinental 2018

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Karen's outfit is inspired by the Moriones festival and sarimanok

Karen Gallman hopes to win Miss Intercontinental crown for PH

Jan 12, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Karen wins two special awards during the media presentation at Sofitel Manila

IN PHOTOS: Candidates of Miss Intercontinental 2018 beauty pageant

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:24 AM

More than 80 candidates, including the Philippines' Karen Gallman, are competing for the crown in Manila

The year in pageants: Philippines' highs and lows

Dec 31, 2018 - 2:06 PM

The Philippines continues its winning streak, but suffers some heartaches along the way

Beauty pageants in the Philippines: Changes, what's next?

Dec 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Asia is the next market for the beauty pageant industry

Beauty pageants in the Philippines: Empowerment or objectification of women?

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:37 AM

Filipinos love pageantry and the wins are coming in

Photo by Ben Nabong

Runaway winner: How Catriona Gray won Miss Universe 2018

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Catriona Gray and her team didn't come to Bangkok to participate – they came to win

Miss Universe 2018: The Philippines' Catriona Gray

Dec 19, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Updates, analysis, stories on Catriona's victory and reign

Miss Universe 2018 wrap: And the winner is... Philippines

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Mission accomplished for Catriona Gray

Catriona Gray of the Philippines competes after being selected as top 10 finalist during the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant in Bangkok on December 17, 2018. - Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on December 17 in Bangkok after a trailblazing ceremony praised for featuring its first transgender candidate but marred by gaffes about the English-speaking ability of two Asian contestants. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

‘Problematic, romanticized:' Netizens hit Catriona Gray’s winning answer

Dec 17, 2018 - 7:14 PM

Did Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray ‘romanticize’ poverty in her winning answer?

What the stars are saying about Catriona Gray’s Miss Universe 2018 win

Dec 17, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Celebrities send their congratulations to the new queen

THE NEW QUEEN. Catriona Gray greets the crowd as she attends her first press conference as Miss Universe 2018. Photo by Voltaire Tayag/Rappler

Here are Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray's winning answers

Dec 17, 2018 - 4:28 PM

What did you think of the newly-crowned Miss Universe 2018's answers for each segment?

Catriona Gray on winning Miss Universe 2018: The best Christmas gift for PH

Dec 17, 2018 - 3:49 PM

'Mga kababayan ko, I’m happy to give you the best Christmas gift ever," says the newly crowned Miss Universe

Miss World congratulates Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

Dec 17, 2018 - 2:43 PM

'Miss Universe organisation you have a great winner!' says the Miss World pageant's official account

MISS UNIVERSE. Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines 2018 on stage in fashion by Sherri Hill with host Steve Harvey. Photo from HO/The Miss Universe Organization

LOOK: Pia Wurtzbach and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray share a moment

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:42 PM

So much beauty queen realness in a photo!

PINAY PRIDE. The former and reigning Miss Universe queens share a photo after the coronation on December 17. Screenshot from

Who is Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018?

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Meet your new queen!

MISS UNIVERSE 2018. Catriona Gray becomes the fourth Filipina to bring home the Miss Universe crown. Photo courtesy of The Miss Universe Organization

IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray wins Miss Universe 2018

Dec 17, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Which Catriona Gray moment was your favorite?

LOOK: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray wears 'Alab at Dangal' ear cuff

Dec 17, 2018 - 12:12 PM

A familiar accessory makes an appearance as Catriona is crowned Miss Universe 2018

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)

Malacañang, VP congratulate Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

Dec 17, 2018 - 11:42 AM

(UPDATED) 'Ms Gray’s triumph sets the bar high in empowering more Filipino women to believe in themselves and to fight for their own place in the universe,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines 2018 is crowned Miss Universe at the conclusion of the three-hour special programming event on FOX at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Philippines' Catriona Gray is Miss Universe 2018

Dec 17, 2018 - 10:57 AM

She bests 93 other ladies in the Miss Universe 2018 pageant

FOURTH CROWN. 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

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Universe 2018 opening statements, Q&A, final word

Dec 17, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Which answer was your favorite?

Angela Ponce makes history: 'I don't need to win Miss Universe. I only need to be here.'

Dec 17, 2018 - 10:07 AM

'I always say: having a vagina didn't transform me into a woman. I am a woman, already before birth, because my identity is here'

MAKING HISTORY. She failed to make the cut, but Angela Ponce is a queen in all ways. Photo from the Miss Universe Organization

Miss Universe 2018: Catriona Gray's chances and other top picks

Dec 15, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'The Philippines’ Catriona Gray leads way ahead of the pack... but as we all know too well, pageants can be very unpredictable'