MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday lauded Miss Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez for bringing honor to the country as she finished in the top 5 of the Miss Universe pageant.
“The Palace commends Miss Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez for bringing joy to our people and honor to our country at the 70th Miss Universe competition in Israel,” acting spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a statement.
“A member of our armed forces, an athlete, and a youth advocate, Ms. Gomez is an inspiring figure whose participation in Miss Universe allowed the world to see what we in the country witness every day: the strength, grace, and beauty of the Filipino woman,” he said.
Gomez was included in the top 5 contestants of the prestigious beauty pageant, but was eliminated in the final round.
For 12 consecutive years, the Philippines holds the longest streak of semifinal placements at the said pageant.
Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu was crowned as this year’s Miss Universe, besting 79 other contestants.