Mexico wins Miss Universe 2020

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 17, 2021   •   1109

MANILA, Philippines — Andrea Meza of Mexico has been crowned as the 69th Miss Universe, besting 74 other contestants in the Miss Universe 2020 pageant at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, USA on Monday, Philippine time.

The first runner-up is Brazil’s Julia Gama followed by Peru’s Janick Maceta as second runner-up.  India’s Adline Castelino and Dominican Republic’s Kimberly Perez became third runner-up and fourth runner-up respectively.

During the question and answer, Miss Mexico focused on changing beauty standards.

“We live in a society that more and more is more than advanced, and as we advance as a society, we’ve also advanced with stereotypes,” she said. “Nowadays beauty isn’t only the way we look. For me, beauty radiates not only in our spirit, but in our hearts and the way that we conduct ourselves. Never permit someone to tell you that you’re not valuable.”

Andrea Meza has a degree in software engineering. She is also an activist, focused on women’s rights and inclusion. She has also been part of a global charity association raising funds in India, Indonesia and China for the downtrodden. Aside from being an activists she also practices crossfit and extreme sports. AAC

PH Navy reservist wins Miss Universe Philippines 2021

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—A reservist of the Philippine Navy was hailed as Miss Universe Philippines 2021.

The 26-year-old Cebuana, Beatrice Luigi Gomez, proved that queens are not just about wearing crowns and gowns.

Gomez wowed the viewers and judges with her beauty and wit during the question and answer segment.

The question was: “If during your reign as Miss Universe Philippines, things happen in your life that make you sad and uninspired, how would you be able to continue inspiring others?”

To which, Gomez answered: “It is very evident that all of us went through difficulties during this pandemic, but it is also proof that we are able to rise to the occasion. And if anything happened to me during my reign I will not give up and inspire others by rising to the problems that I am encountering and by inspiring them that whatever you’re going through you will be able to overcome it.”

Maureen Christa Wroblewitz of Pangasinan won 1st runner up while, Steffi Rose Aberasturi from Cebu Province won 2nd runner up.

As the winner of this year’s Miss Universe Philippines, Gomez will be the country’s representative to the 70th Miss Universe pageant in Eilat, Israel in December.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) congratulated Reserve Marine Corporal Beatrice Luigi Gomez for being crowned as the 2021 Miss Universe Philippines.

The AFP said that Marine Corporal Gomez of Cebu City is assigned at the Naval Reserve Center–Eastern Visayas.

Naval Reserve Center Eastern Visayas also extended its heartfelt congratulations to Gomez.

“Your family in the Philippine Navy and the Naval Reserve Command is pleased to see you inch closer to your dreams!” their post read. AAC

PH bet Rabiya Mateo ends Miss Universe journey in Top 21

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 17, 2021

The Philippines’ Miss Universe 2020 candidate Rabiya Mateo ended her journey in the 69th Miss Universe pageant on Monday (May 17) after making it to the Top 21.

Competing against 74 candidates, Mateo shined through and dazzled the audience with her beauty during the swimsuit competition.

However, she was not able to advance to the Top 10 and return the crown to the Philippines.

Candidates who made it to the Top 10 are:  Jamaica, Dominican Republic, India, Peru, Australia, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Brazil.

Meanwhile, former Miss Universe Catriona Gray and Pia Wurtzbach showed their support to Mateo.

Hoping to show off your newborn? Glass-enclosed mobile presentation cabins available in Mexico

UNTV News   •   August 3, 2020

A Monterrey-based advertising company in Mexico changed its set of operations and now offers local residents the opportunity to rent a glass-enclosed mobile cabin to present newborns to family amid the ongoing pandemic.

A glass-enclosed mobile cabin arrives at the venue and is deep cleaned before proud parents and newborn make their entrance, while relatives and friends drive past honking their horns to take a peek at the baby.

Only close relatives are then allowed to get down from their vehicles in order to get a closer look. Renting the cabin costs $900 pesos ($40 dollars) per hour.

Adman Ernesto Gonzalez, came up with the enterprise because his daughter was born in June and he was worried that his 95-year-old grandmother would be unable to meet her.

Mexico racked up a record number of new confirmed coronavirus infections on Saturday (August 1), registering more than 9,000 daily cases for the first time and passing the previous peak for the second day running, official data showed.

Mexico’s health ministry reported 9,556 new cases of coronavirus, surging past the record of 8,458 set on Friday. The ministry also logged 784 additional fatalities, bringing the total tally in the country to 434,193 cases and 47,472 deaths. (Reuters)

(Production: Daniel Becerril, Rodolfo Pena Roja, Geraldine Downer)

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