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Cebuana Engineer Crowned Miss World Phl

Cebuana Engineer Crowned Miss World Phl
Cebu’s Tracy Maureen Perez is crowned Miss World Philippines 2021 in this screenshot of the pageant held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021.

An industrial engineer and model from Cebu was crowned Miss World Philippines 2021 early Monday, Oct. 4, after a nearly seven-hour ceremony at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.

Tracy Maureen Perez, 28, who bested 43 other candidates during coronation night that started Sunday, Oct. 3, will represent the Philippines in the 70th Miss World 2021 pageant in Puerto Rico this December.

Perez is the second Cebuana to win a title this year, after Miss Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez. She succeeds Michelle Dee, daughter of Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez.

Perez bagged several other awards, such as Best in Swimsuit, Miss Blue Waterday Spa, Miss Artopian International, Miss Bench and Miss Dermfix.

She was also the Binibining Cebu Charity from 2018 to 2019 and finished Top 12 in the Miss World Philippines 2019.

In the question and answer portion, the Cebuana beauty was asked: “After we go through this pandemic, what would you want us to learn from it?”

“After this pandemic, I hope that we never take for granted the family that we have, taking care of our health and taking care of the people that protect us like our leaders, our frontliners. We should always give importance to those people. We may not see the efforts that they give out, but most definitely they are our modern heroes. For that, we should always be grateful, and that we should always stick with them and pray for them,” she said.

She fell twice during the coronation night, prompting netizens to ask if she was OK.

Other winners include Dindi Pajares (Miss Supranational Philippines), Kathleen Paton from Aklan (Miss Eco Philippines 2021, Miss Photogenic), Emmanuelle Vera from Taguig City (Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2021, Head-to-head challenge winner, Ms. Diety Serum), Trisha Martinez from Pila, Laguna (Miss Tourism Philippines 2021, Top Model, Best Skin by Cathy Valencia, Miss Tyro Sorta), Michelle Arceo from Quezon City (Miss Environment Philippines 2021, Miss Talent, Miss GAOC), Shaila Rebortera from Cebu (Miss Multinational Philip-pines 2021, We Provide Ambassador), Tatyana Austria from Parañaque City (Miss Eco Teen Philippines 2021), Riana Pangindian from Pasig City (First Princess, Bench/Body Beach Beauty, Miss Pacquiao Coffee) and Ganiel Krishnan from Kawit, Cavite (Second Princess, Miss Multimedia, Miss Teviant Charity).

Special awards were given to Danica Dilla (Best in Evening Gown), Joy Barcoma (Beauty with a purpose), Ann Palmares (Best in National Costume), Dannah Joy Tempra (Tyro Sorta Sports challenge winner), Samela Godin (Ambassadress of Goodwill), Janelle Lewis (Ms. Silka), Lea Macapagal (Ms. Red Hotel) and Asha Gutierrez (Ms. Sekara Subic).

The Miss World Philippines 2021 pushed through after being moved at least four times.

The first-ever Miss World win for the Philippines was actress and host Megan Young in 2013. Ruffa Gutierrez finished second runner-up in the prestigious pageant in South Africa in 1993.

Meanwhile, pageant judge and presidential spokesman Harry Roque drew flak for his supposedly misogynistic question during the beauty contest.

Roque had asked Rebortera whether a woman should run for president even if her children are very young. His question displeased some viewers who accused him of being sexist in an event that was meant to empower women. The Palace spokesman, however, claimed that the reaction of his critics was excessive. “OA po ‘yun na misogynistic ‘yun,” he said, stressing it was a valid question. – With Alexis Romero,?Vanessa Balbuena of The Freeman