A new Miss Universe Philippines will be crowned among equally empowered Filipina women during the pageant’s final telecast this Sunday at 9 a.m. PHT on GMA 7 and online streaming platforms.
Last year’s winner under Binibining Pilipinas organization, Gazini Ganados, will relinquish her title to the next representative of the Philippines at the Miss Universe pageant.
Hosted by radio DJ and actor KC Montero, with American singer-songwriter Jessica Sanches as a guest performer, the special event was filmed at the Baguio Country Club’s Cordillera Convention Hall in Baguio City.
Skelly Ivy Florida of Biliran was voted by the public and automatically advanced to the Top 16 while the remaining 15 semi-finalists are yet to be revealed.
The special award winners have been announced during the preliminary competition where Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol bagged four awards including Face of the Universe.
Lou Dominique Piczon, Rabiya Mateo, Ysabella Ysmael, Tracy Maureen Perez were awarded Best in National Costume, Best in Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown, and Miss Photogenic, respectively.
Former titleholders will join the distinguished panel of judges including Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon who flew all the way back from the US and Miss Universe 2013 third runner-up Ariella Arida.
Who will be Miss Universe Philippines 2020? Based on their performances in the preliminary competitions, here are the Top 5 frontrunners who could easily take home the new “Filipina” crown by Villarica:
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