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Maria Gigante biography: 13 things about Miss World Philippines 2022 finalist

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Maria Sesaldo Gigante is a model and a beauty queen born and raised in Cebu, Philippines. She hails from Santa Fe, Santayan Island, Cebu and previously lived in Bacayan, Tambaban, Cebu City, Philippines.

Gigante is the eldest of seven children. Here are 13 more things about her:
  1. She is 5’8″ tall.
  2. From 2006 to 2014, she attended Sacred Heart School in Cebu City.
  3. From 2010 to 2014, she went to the University of San Carlos in Cebu City where she earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
  4. In March 2013, she joined Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation as a volunteer.
  5. She is Miss Cebu 2013 second runner-up.
  6. She is Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 second runner-up.
  7. On April 17, 2016, she competed against 39 other candidates at Binibining Pilipinas 2016 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. She was unplaced.
  8. In October 2017, she represented Bantayan at Binibining Cebu 2017, which was won by Apriel Smith of Badian. As the first runner-up, she was crowned Binibining Cebu Charity 2017 while the second runner-up was Bb. Cebu Tourism 2017 Samantha Ashley Lo of Asturias.
  9. In 2018, she crowned Tracy Maureen Perez of Madridejos as Bb. Cebu Charity 2018-2019. Perez went on to win Miss World Philippines 2021 and finished in the Top 13 at Miss World 2021.
  10. At around 5:30 p.m. on March 10, 2020 in Moalboal, Cebu, she and her Spanish boyfriend Javier Filosa Castro, then 25, were arrested. They were caught drinking beer at a beach in Barangay Basdiot in Moalboal while Cebu is under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. They were charged with disobedience to a person in authority, falsification of public document, violation of the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act (Republic Act 11332) and violation of Provincial Ordinance 2020-5.
  11. On May 13, 2020, she and Castro were released from the Moalboal Police Station and posted bail of 48,000 pesos ($900) each. They were transferred to Argao, Cebu where they were quarantined.
  12. On June 5, 2022, she represented Cebu at Miss World Philippines 2022 and competed against 35 other candidates at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila.
  13. She was 28 years old when she competed at Miss World Philippines 2022. She finished in the Top 11.
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