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Gilbert Kim Sancha

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Former beauty queen and entrepreneur Hemilyn Escudero Tamayo decided to pursue her passion in the field of arts when she enrolled at the prestigious Yale University.

A bonafide member of United Women’s Artists Association of the Philippines, she was one of the featured amateur artists in an exhibit held in Filinvest, Alabang dubbed as South Arts Festival

After joining what was then called Mutya ng Pilipinas, one of the oldest beauty pageants in the Philippines, she became its head liaison in 2006, public relations director in 2015 then its president in 2017.

A bonafide member of United Women’s Artists Association of the Philippines, Tamayo was one of the featured amateur artists in an exhibit held in Filinvest, Alabang dubbed as South Arts Festival.

Prior to studying at Yale, she was finishing her masters and doctor of philosophy in Organizational Development at Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute graduate school.

Tamayo started joining beauty pageants in cities and provinces before representing the country at the Miss Globe 2005 in Albania where she was named Miss All Nations out of 56 countries. At John Robert Powers, a well-known modeling and personality development school, Tamayo earned her name as a respected mentor and trainer for years.

After joining prestigious beauty contests here and abroad, she continued modeling and has done quite a number of print ads and commercials.

The daughter of former Casiguran, Sorsogon City mayor Dr. Oscar Escudero, Tamayo is married to Philippine Air Force Major Richard Antonio Tamayo, whose family owns the University of Perpetual Help DALTA Medical Center.

One of Tamayo’s sketches.

She is also a reservist under the Armed Forces of the Philippine Reserve Command. For more than two decades, Tamayo dedicated and devoted her life in joining and organizing events about beauty, arts and entertainment, but her family and her post-graduate course are her priorities for now.

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