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Cebu City’s Tracy Maureen Perez is Miss World Philippines 2021, crowned in Olongapo

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Tracy Maureen Perez, 28, of Cebu City, Philippines is Miss World Philippines 2021. She was crowned in Olongapo City, Philippines on October 3, 2021.

The Miss World Philippines 2021 coronation night was held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center in the Subic Special Economic and Freeport Zone in Olongapo City. It was the 10th edition of the national beauty pageant that selects the Philippines’ candidates for Miss World and other international beauty pageants.

Perez is a beauty pageant veteran. She was Miss Cebu 2016 first runner-up, a Binibining Cebu 2017 finalist, Binibining Cebu Charity 2018, a Miss World Philippines 2019 finalist and a Miss Universe Philippines 2020 finalist.

On December 16, 2021, Perez will represent the Philippines at Miss World 2021 at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. If she wins, she will be the second Miss World from the Philippines following Megan Young‘s coronation in 2013.

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Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2018 Alyssa Muhlach, 25, hosted the Miss World Philippines 2021 coronation night along with Mister World Asia and Oceania 2019 Jody Baines “JB” Saliba, 28, Xian Lim, 32, and RJ Ledesma. It was broadcast live by KTX.

Including Perez, 44 candidates competed for seven titles. The other winners were Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2021 Emmanuelle Vera, 26, of Taguig City, Miss Eco Philippines 2021 Kathleen Joy Paton, 24, of Aklan, Philippines, Miss Eco Teen Philippines 2021 Tatyana Alexi Austria, 18, of Parañaque City, Miss Environment Philippines 2021 Michelle Arceo, 23, of Quezon City, Miss Multinational Philippines 2021 Shaila Mae Rebortera, 25, of Cebu and Miss Tourism Philippines 2021 Trisha Martinez, 23, of Laguna.

Before the announcement of winners, RJ Agustin, 27, graced the stage of the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center to serenade the candidates. There were 16 judges including Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., 55, Harry Roque, 54, Teejay Marquez, 28, David Licauco, 27, and Elise Joson, 25. Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, 52, was the chairman of the board of judges.

“After we go through this pandemic, what would you want us to learn from it?” Joson asked Perez during the question and answer portion. The Cebu City candidate answered, “After this pandemic, I hope that we never take for granted the family we have, taking care of our health, and taking care of the people that protect us, our leaders, our front liners.”

“We should always give importance to those people,” Perez continued. “We may not see the efforts that they give out but most definitely, they are our modern heroes and for that, we should always be grateful. We should always stick with them and pray for them.”

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