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Taguig’s Katrina Dimaranan crowned Miss Universe Philippines Tourism 2021 in Panglao, Bohol

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Katrina Dimaranan, 28, of Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines almost won Miss Universe Philippines 2021. She finished second, which earned her title Miss Universe Philippines Tourism 2021 title.

“What do you think is the most inspiring quality that a Miss Universe Philippines should possess and why?” Dimaranan was asked during the final question-and-answer portion. She answered, “It would have to be the ability to have compassion and relate to other people because, as we know, Miss Universe has to be able to connect with people in all different countries from all different classes.”

“So I would have to say relatability and compassion because as a Miss Universe, it’s your job to inspire others and to genuinely want to help whether it be through organizations or any companies or groups of people,” Dimaranan continued. “So there you go, compassion and of course…”

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.

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 Dimaranan.

Victoria Velasquez Vincent, 26, of Cavite finished third and was crowned Miss Universe Philippines Charity 2021. Maureen Wroblewitz, 23, of Pangasinan and Steffi Rose Aberasturi, 27, of Cebu Province, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, were the respective first and second runners-up.

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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 Dimaranan, Gomez, Vincent, Wroblewitz and Aberasturi, 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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