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Cebuana beauty queens who made it in national, international pageants

Jan 11, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Sinulog season is also pageant season in Cebu!

Pia Wurtzbach, PH beauty queens will be 'muses' during the 2019 SEA Games

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:22 PM

Pia Wurtzbach and Megan Young are two of 11 beauty queens who will serve as muses of the countries participating in the event

Beauty queen April Love Jordan dies at 31

Jun 24, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The beauty queen joined a number of pageants including Miss World Philippines 2012 and was the winner of the International Beauty & Model Festival 2009

Catriona Gray's mom once dreamt of daughter's Miss Universe moment

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:27 AM

'Honey, I dreamt of you winning Miss Universe in a red dress,' her mother once told Catriona

Catriona Gray of the Philippines competes after being selected as top 10 finalist during the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant in Bangkok on December 17, 2018. - Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on December 17 in Bangkok after a trailblazing ceremony praised for featuring its first transgender candidate but marred by gaffes about the English-speaking ability of two Asian contestants. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Bea Rose Santiago speaks out on sexual harassment

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:14 PM

On social media, the former beauty queen says she was sexually harassed by various men, including a priest, and a 'well-known CEO'

SPEAK OUT. Bea Rose Santiago talks about her own experiences of being sexually harassed. Screenshot from

LOOK: Beauty queens at the ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:50 PM

Pia Wurtzbach, Maxine Medina, and Catriona Gray are among those who came to the big event

Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Mariel de Leon doesn't plan on hiding her unpopular opinions

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:51 PM

The former beauty queen says that growing up, she always had her own views different from others

Kylie Verzosa wants to prove she can act too

Aug 06, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Kylie Verzosa enjoys the life of a multihyphenate

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

Kenyan beauty queen sentenced to death for murder

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Kenya has an effective ban on carrying out death sentences and no death row prisoner has been executed since 1987. The death sentence remains on the statute books however.

Meet the man behind this string art portrait of Catriona Gray

May 23, 2018 - 12:32 PM

Onofre Guiao has also done portraits of Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Angel Locsin, Alessandra de Rossi, and Empoy, using string art and coffee

Miss Earth Philippines 2018 Silvia Celeste Cortesi: I will do my best

May 22, 2018 - 11:46 PM

The Filipino-Italian queen says she will give her everything as she represents the country in the Miss Earth pageant

Miss Earth PH 2017 Karen Ibasco looks back on her reign before she passes the crown

May 19, 2018 - 9:18 AM

As she prepares to crown her successor, Karen talks about the work she's done and the controversies she weathered after winning the country's 4th Miss Earth crown

Shamcey Supsup expecting second baby

May 17, 2018 - 4:19 PM

It's a boy for Shamcey and husband Lloyd Lee

Catriona Gray talks about doing her own interview for a newspaper

May 11, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Catriona's story on the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will come out in a daily broadsheet

Make way for the queen: Catriona Gray charms in Q&As

Apr 23, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Will Catriona's wit be enough to eventually land her the coveted Miss Universe crown?

Are beauty pageants sexist or a celebration of femininity?

Jan 28, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Pageant advocates respond to criticisms of sexism by insisting beauty contests empower women in more ways than one

The Philippines' beauty pageant obsession: Who benefits?

Jan 27, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Rappler explores the country's fixation with beauty pageants, and the debate on whether they are harmful or helpful to women

5 things we learned about pageants from Jonas Gaffud’s ‘The Crown’

Aug 23, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The beauty queen maker gets candid in his new book

Photo by Rob Reyes/ Rappler

OFWs: 'Sunday Beauty Queen' an eye-opener for families

Jan 15, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Overseas Filipino workers laud the documentary film which won Best Picture in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival but struggled to remain in theaters

OFW MOVIE. OFWs, get to watch 'Sunday Beauty Queen' for free, take photo with Director Baby Ruth Villarama, Mylyn Jacobo and OWWA Admin Hans Leo Cacdac.

The Best Filipino films of 2016

Jan 02, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Movie writer and critic Oggs Cruz shares his top 15 picks for 2016

'Sunday Beauty Queen' stars thank director, MMFF for telling OFWs' stories

Dec 30, 2016 - 11:42 PM

Isang malaking karangalan para sa aming mga domestic helper po to be given a chance na maging bahagi ng [Metro] Manila Film Festival says Mylyn Jacobo one of the OFWs featured in the movie Sunday Beauty Queen

Photo from Facebook/Sunday Beauty Queen

IN PHOTOS: MMFF 2016, Gabi ng Parangal

Dec 30, 2016 - 11:45 AM

This year s awards night ends with Sunday Beauty Queen winning Best Picture

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 30, 2016

Dec 30, 2016 - 11:33 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Friday

MMFF 2016: 'Sunday Beauty Queen' wins Best Picture

Dec 29, 2016 - 10:47 PM

Sunday Beauty Queen is the first ever documentary to make it to the festival and thus is also the first documentary to win the coveted Best Picture Prize

'Sunday Beauty Queen' review: Enthralling reality

Dec 27, 2016 - 4:52 PM

Director Baby Ruth Villarama s MMFF 2016 entry is a must see according to film critic Oggs Cruz

 Screengrab from YouTube/Tuko Film Productions

An MMFF 2016 rundown: Why you should watch all 8 entries

Dec 22, 2016 - 3:41 PM

Film critic Oggs Cruz gives a rundown of this year s films in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival

This is a screenshot from the trailer of ‘Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2,’ starring Eugene Domingo. Screengrab from YouTube/Quantum Films

MMFF 2016: 5 things to know about 'Sunday Beauty Queen'

Dec 18, 2016 - 9:24 PM

Sunday Beauty Queen is the first documentary to be part of the Metro Manila Film Festival

Screengrab from YouTube/Tuko Film Productions

'Sunday Beauty Queen': Film seeks new take on foreign domestic workers

Oct 10, 2016 - 6:28 PM

A documentary that takes an intimate look at the daily dramas of Filipino foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong premieres at Asia’s largest film festival

An undated handout photo released on October 10, 2016 by Manila-based producer Chuck Gutierrez of Voyage Studios shows a still from the documentary 'Sunday Beauty Queen', directed by Baby Ruth Villarama which has premiered at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea. Chuck Gutierrez/Sunday Beauty Queen/handout/AFP

First openly gay contestant competes for Miss America crown

Sep 10, 2016 - 10:04 AM

Miss Missouri Erin O Flaherty the first openly lesbian Miss America contestant

MISS MISSOURI. Erin O'Flaherty is the first openly gay contestant in the Miss America pageant. Screengrab from Instagram/

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen seeks apology before returning crown

Sep 02, 2014 - 6:32 PM

I will return the crown only when they apologize to Myanmar for the dignity of our country she says

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen 'runs off with crown'

Aug 30, 2014 - 12:15 PM

Aside from running away with the crown she s also accused of alleged dishonesty and bad behavior

The elements of a winning pageant look

Feb 28, 2014 - 7:33 PM

Bone structure great teeth flowing hair: what are some beauty trends seen in pageants today? Beauty expert Jigs Mayuga weighs in

Insta-2013: The year in 15 seconds

Dec 29, 2013 - 9:00 AM

From soundbites on corruption to messages of hope watch the Philippines best 15 second clips this year

2013 Miss Universe: Post-event walk-through

Nov 11, 2013 - 7:50 PM

We review the 2013 Miss Universe pageant point by point

BEST FRIENDS AND FINALISTS. Miss Philippines Ariella Arida holds hands with two of her closest friends in the 2013 Miss Universe pageant — Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler and Miss Spain Patricia Yurena Rodriguez. Also in the photo is Miss Brazil Jakelyne Oliveira. Photo by Jonas Gaffud

Venezuela's Gabriela Isler crowned 2013 Miss Universe

Nov 10, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Co host Roberts dedicated the show to the people suffering from the typhoon in the Philippines

2013 MISS UNIVERSE. Venezuela's Gabriela Isler. Photo from the Miss Universe Facebook page

Ariella Arida is 3rd runner-up in 2013 Miss Universe

Nov 10, 2013 - 3:58 AM

The Philippines maintains top placement in the beauty pageant

CONGRATULATIONS, ARA! Miss Philippines Ariella Arida finishes on top at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. Photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP

HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 Miss Universe coronation night

Nov 10, 2013 - 2:04 AM

Will Miss Philippines Ariella Arida bring home the crown?

WILL SHE BRING HOME THE CROWN? Let's find out together. Graphic by Jessica Lazaro/Rappler

Miss Universe-PH Ariella Arida: 'Whatever happens is God's will for me'

Nov 09, 2013 - 6:51 PM

Rappler s exclusive video interview with the Philippines Miss Universe 2013 contender

NO NEGATIVE THOUGHTS. Miss Universe-Philippines is ready for whatever the outcome of the Miss Universe 2013 pageant may be, but asks for prayers and support, especially online. Photo by Niccolo Cosme. Styling by Kai Magsanoc. Makeup by Kris Bacani. Hair by Jay Macasaddu

IN PHOTOS: 2013 Miss Universe rehearsal

Nov 09, 2013 - 3:00 PM

These photos give us an idea of what to expect on coronation night

RELAXED. Miss Philippines Ariella Arida at the coronation night rehearsal last November 6. All photos for Rappler by Jory Rivera/OPMB

Megan Young to host fund raiser in NY tri-state area

Nov 09, 2013 - 2:46 PM

Megan Young returns to the NY tri state area to help disadvantaged children

BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE. Megan Young earned Philippines its first Miss World title. Photo by Jory Rivera

Janine Tugonon is 'On the Scene'

Nov 08, 2013 - 9:14 PM

Miss Universe Philippines 2012 takes us behind the scenes

BACKSTAGE THIS TIME. 2012 Miss Universe 1st runner-up Janine Tugonon is a natural in front of the camera. Screen grab from YouTube (OfficialMissUniverse)

2013 Miss Universe prediction: Ariella Arida in Top 5!

Nov 08, 2013 - 6:40 PM

Here is Rappler s 2013 Miss Universe fearless forecast

PRAY SHE GETS THE CROWN. Miss Philippines Ariella Arida aims to bring home the Philippines' 3rd Miss Universe title. Styling by Kai Magsanoc. Makeup by Kris Bacani. Hair by Jay Macasaddu. Photography by Niccolo Cosme.

IN PHOTOS: 2013 Miss Universe prelims evening gown

Nov 07, 2013 - 11:05 PM

Rappler s exclusive evening gown competition photos

RADIANT IN YELLOW. Miss Philippines Ariella Arida in her Alfredo Barazza evening gown. All photos for Rappler by Jory Rivera/OPMB

IN PHOTOS: 2013 Miss Universe prelims swimwear

Nov 07, 2013 - 1:31 PM

Rappler s exclusive swimwear competition photos

SPORTY. Miss Philippines Ariella Arida at the swimwear portion of the Preliminary Competition. All photos for Rappler by Jory Rivera/OPMB

3 Filipinas in 2013 Miss Universe

Nov 07, 2013 - 8:08 AM

Meet the Filipinas vying for the Miss Universe 2013 crown

LONG LIVE THE FILIPINA! Miss Philippines Ariella Arida with Miss Canada Riza Santos and Miss Guam Alixes Scott. Screen shot from @araarida on Instagram

HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 Miss Universe Preliminary Competition

Nov 05, 2013 - 10:21 PM

86 candidates from around the world will compete in the Evening Gown and Swimwear competition

WHAT WILL ARIELLA ARIDA WEAR? How will she fare? Watch the live stream to find out. Ariella's Countries of the World photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP

2012 Miss Universe Olivia Culpo: 'Filipinos are the greatest fans'

Nov 05, 2013 - 9:04 PM

Rappler s exclusive photos of the 2013 Miss Universe press interviews

SHE FEELS THE PINOY LOVE. Reigning Miss Universe Olivia Culpo can feel the #PinoyPride in Moscow. All photos for Rappler by Jory Rivera/OPMB

Ariella Arida: Tough contender in 2013 Miss Universe

Nov 05, 2013 - 7:13 PM

Why the Philippines might just win the crown this year

OVER-COMER. Miss Universe-Philippines Ariella Arida is coolness personified. Styling by Kai Magsanoc. Makeup by Kris Bacani. Hair by Jay Macasaddu. Photography by Niccolo Cosme.