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Cavite’s Victoria Vincent crowned Miss Universe Philippines Charity 2021 in Panglao, Bohol

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Victoria Velasquez Vincent, 26, of Cavite, Philippines almost won Miss Universe Philippines 2021. She finished third, which earned her the Miss Universe Philippines Charity 2021 title.

“In your journey to be Miss Universe Philippines, what has been the most inspiring part and why?” Vincent was asked during the final question-and-answer portion. She answered, “The people that I have met and the stories I have heard especially during the pandemic (showed me that) people have risen to overcome everything that they’ve gone through and I’m someone…”

“I’ve been incredibly privileged and I haven’t had to go through that many issues in my life but meeting so many people who have had so many battles, hearing their stories and hearing how they overcame them, that’s what inspires me,” Vincent continued. “That’s what inspires me to continue to help Filipinos in the way that I know how, which is through my advocacy, through architecture and heritage conservation.”

Hosted by KC Montero, 43, the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 coronation night took place at the Henann Resort Convention Center at the Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol, Philippines on September 30, 2021. It was the second edition of the national beauty pageant that selects the Philippines’ Miss Universe candidate.

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo, 24, of Iloilo attended the ceremony to crown her successor. The event also featured performances by Sam Concepcion, 28, and Michael Pangilinan, 25.

Following new coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols, only 100 tickets worth 10,000 pesos ($200) were sold for live audience members. It was available only for fully vaccinated individuals.

Including Vincent, 28 finalists competed for the crown. The judges were Hilton Manila commercial director Joanne Golong-Gomez, FRONTTOW Philippines co-founder Sam Versoza, The Belo Medical Group medical director Dr. Vicki Belo, Young Designers Guild and The Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines ex-president Jojie Lloren and Roku Group chief executive officer Sheila Romero.

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It was Beatrice Luigi Gomez, 26, of Cebu City who won the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 title. In case she has to give up the title, she will be replaced by Miss Universe Philippines Tourism 2021 Katrina Dimaranan, 28, of Taguig, who finished second.

Maureen Wroblewitz, 23, of Pangasinan and Steffi Rose Aberasturi, 27, of Cebu Province finished fourth and fifth, respectively. They were the respective first and second runners-up.

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