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Pangasinan’s Maureen Wroblewitz is Miss Universe Philippines 2021 first runner-up

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Maureen Wroblewitz, 23, of Pangasinan, Philippines almost won Miss Universe Philippines 2021. She finished fourth, making her the first runner-up.

“If you win the crown tonight, how would you inspire other women to get out of their comfort zone?” Wroblewitz was asked during the final question-and-answer portion. She answered, “Just me being here, I am getting out of my comfort zone.”

“I am conquering my fear because I am afraid to talk in front of a lot of people,” Wroblewitz continued. “But I hope that through me, I can inspire so many to do the same, to achieve their dreams but to also reach for the universe.” 

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 Wroblewitz, 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.

Victoria Velasquez Vincent, 26, of Cavite finished third and was crowned Miss Universe Philippines Charity 2021. Steffi Rose Aberasturi, 27, of Cebu Province finished fifth, making her the second runner-up.

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