The Philippines made it to the semifinals of the 70th Miss Universe pageant, held in Eilat, Israel on Monday, Dec 13 (Philippine time).
Philippine delegate Beatrice Luigi Gomez was called as part of Miss Universe’s top 16, which means she goes on to compete in the pageant’s swimsuit competition.
With this, Gomez continues the Philippines’ 11-year streak of getting into the Miss Universe semifinals.
Those who made it to the top 15 are:
Gomez, a 26-year-old beauty queen from Cebu City, is a community development worker and a Philippine Navy reservist. She is also the country's first openly queer beauty queen to represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant. - (Chuck Smith)