Cebu is indeed filled with wonderful everything– including people! Our hometown is known to have amazing tourist spots, history, and food, but more so, we have amazing human beings and pretty faces. 😉
Did you know that we are also home for beauty queens? There is no doubt about that because after all, we are all beauty and brains!
Below is a list of some of Cebu’s most beautiful women (in no particular order) who gained recognition in the field of beauty and pageantry.
The beautiful Pilar Pilapil was the Philippines’ Ms. Universe bet in 1967. She was born in Cebu, specifically in Liloan. After representing the country in the pageant, Pilapil joined showbusiness and starred in several television shows and movies, and even got nominated and won some acting awards. She also played as Darna (1991), an iconic Philippine woman superhero.
Pilar Pilapil is still active in acting and is currently doing Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit (2019) as Divina Salvador (ABS-CBN) before It’s Showtime.
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Kirstie Babor, a registered nurse, was Alegria’s candidate who competed in Miss Philippines Earth 2009. She did not win the title but she landed as one of the runners up. After the coronation, Babor was proclaimed as Miss Water 2009 as Catherine Loyola’s replacement.
Today, Kirstie Babor works as a flight attendant and has veered away from the limelight since her reign.
Yedda, a Filipino-Norwegian, is a descendant (she’s a niece) of Cebu’s pride, Ms. Pilar Pilapil. Clearly, beauty and the heart for Philippine pageantry runs in the blood.
She was the Philippines’ Bb. Pilipinas–International 1996 and topped as a semi-finalist in the Miss International pageant. She is presently married to Martin Romualdez, a known politician based in Leyte.
Bb. Pilipinas-World 2004 was no other that Ms. Karla Bautista, who graced the Ms. World stage, ending up at the Top 5 as Miss World 2004– Queen of Asia and Oceana. Already satisfied with her win, Bautista continued on with her studies, earning a degree in Mass Communication and got a job as a flight attendant.
After flying for years, she decided to come back home to Cebu to pursue a long-time dream of becoming a lawyer. Today, Karla Bautista is officially Atty. Karla Bautista- Siao.
The Philippines won Miss Tourism International in 2013, thanks to Angeli Gomez’s winning heart! She was the last winner who represented the Philippines in an international contest in 2013., after a series of wins by Mutya Datul, Megan Young, and Bea Santiago.
She succeeded Rizzini Alexis Gomez, garnering a back-to-back win for the Philippines. She said that all eyes were on her because of the previous Philippine win. Instead of trembling in fear, she use it to her advantage. She shone so brightly that other contestants started seeing her as the next proclaimed winner.
Karla Henry was born in Bataan and was raised in Canada where she stayed for 10 years. She then moved back to the Philippines, settling in Cebu where her mother is originally from.
She studied in Cebu and finished a degree in Tourism, where she got her first beauty contest experience. After she graduated, she worked at a hotel in Cebu. She then moved to Manila where her professional beauty queen started.
She bagged the Miss Earth 2008 title.
This Filipino-German beauty joined Bb. Pilipinas 2012 and won the title Bb. Pilipinas– International. Miss International was held in Japan where she landed as a Top 15 semi-finalist.
During the Q & A, she was asked, “”Which you would rather be, someone who’s respected or someone who is loved and why?” Her winning answer was, “I would rather be someone respected because that means you maintain your integrity, dignity and self-respect and that means that in turn you will be loved by whoever matters and everyone around you.”
Rogelie Catacutan was Cebu’s representative in the Bb. Pilipinas 2015, and was the country’s Miss Supranatural 2015, winning side by side Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach. She competed in the international Miss Supranatural 2015 contest but only landed at the Top 20.
Rogelie was born in Negros but spent most of her life in Cebu. She studied college in San Jose Recoletos and competed in Miss Cebu 2010, Miss world Philippines 2011, and Miss Casino 2014 before finally owning a crown in Bb. Pilipinas.
Kris Janson was declared as the Bb. Pilipinas–Intercontinental 2014 winner and fought for the crown in the Miss Intercontinental pageant.
Prior to that, Janson joined Miss Cebu in 2009 and won. Her career continued as she pursued her dream of becoming a queen. She joined Bb. Pilipinas together with Mary Jane Lastimosa (Miss Universe Philippines).
The Miss Intercontinental contest was held in Germany where she won 2nd-runner up. She also received the Continental Queen of Asia and Oceania.
The deserving woman who succeed Catriona Gray who is set to represent the entire Philippines in the incoming Ms. Universe 2019.