After days of pre-pageant activities, Philippine delegate Beatrice Luigi Gomez is finally set to appear on the Miss Universe stage in Eilat, Israel. First up: the preliminary competition and the national costume show happening on Friday, Dec. 12 (Satuday, Dec. 13, Philippine time).
The preliminary competition is one of the official activities that determine who will make it in the semifinals of the 70th Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, Dec. 12 (Monday morning in the Philippines).
Gomez’s camp has been mum on the details of her national costume and her preliminary evening gown. According to earlier reports, designer Francis Libiran made ger evening gown for the finals.
How is Gomez doing in the competition so far? While it’s hard to tell based on the pre-pageant activities, Miss Universe Philippine Director for Communications Voltaire Tayag said Gomez “has been doing very well.”
“I say that because she’s been very calm, very chill, and that’s really her strength,” Tayag said during a media interview on Friday, as published on entertainment news site PEP.ph.
Tayag added: “She’s so excited for the preliminaries tonight. We all know that she’s gonna shine in the swimsuit and evening gown, and also the national costume."
"Bea, she’s a fighter, so we’re not really worried in that sense.”
Meanwhile, in a recently-published interview with online magazine Metro.Style, Gomez admitted that there is pressure to represent the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant well. After all, there is an expectation for her to reach the competition’s semifinals, as all Philippine delegates in the Miss Universe pageant since 2010 have at least reached that far in the contest.
She said, for her, the only way to “dial down” the pressure is “to prepare.”
“That’s how I combat anxiety and keep my mental health at bay. Because it is true—there really is so much pressure. But I have to stay focused and I know my goal. Going back to my core really helps me stabilize myself when things get rough.” - (Chuck Smith)