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Cebu’s Gomez is MUP’s only out LGBTQ+ candidate

Beatrice Luigi Gomez of Cebu City made it to the top 30 of Miss Universe Philippines, making her the second out LGBTQ+ person to compete in a national beauty pageant



Out lesbian MUP candidate Beatrice Luigi Gomez of Cebu City. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF LARLO RAY

Cebu City’s official candidate to the 2021 Miss Universe Philippines (MUP), Beatrice Luigi Gomez, made it to the top 30 finalists, making her the only out LGBTQ+ candidate of the beauty pageant.

The 26-year-old model and gym manager aced MUP’s Interview Challenge, landing in the top seven in the category. In her interview, she talked about the activities she loves to do as well as her girlfriend, performance DJ Kate Jagdon

“I love sports and my favorite game is volleyball, and when I have free time, I go to the beach. I go scuba-diving, and when I want to spice up my workouts, I do a few rounds of boxing,” she said. “And I do most of these things with my girlfriend Kate. We’ve been together for six years, going seven in a few months. And in the height of the pandemic last year, we adopted a pusang Pinoy and we named him after a chocolate bar. His name is Twix. And I’m very obsessed with my cat.”

Gomez, who hails from the town of San Fernando, previously made pageant history when she clinched the Binibining Cebu 2019-2020 title on 13 January 2020, where she revealed that she is lesbian and has been in a happy relationship with another woman. She became the first out LGBTQ+ contestant to win in a local pageant. She is also the longest reigning Binibining Cebu.

Gomez with girlfriend Kate Jagdon and their cat Twix. (IG/kate_jagdon)

With her entry to MUP, Gomez becomes the second out LGBTQ+ contestant after bisexual Billie Hakenson, who became MUP 2020 fourth runner-up.

The number of MUP contestants was trimmed to top 75 from 100. It was further trimmed to 50 contestants, who went to Metro Manila for the interview with the board of judges. The top 30 candidates, who will compete in the live coronation night on 25 September, were announced on 1 September.

Aside from Gomez, the other 29 candidates are Grace Charmaine Banua Vendiola of Negros Oriental; Vincy Labadan Vacalares of Cagayan de Oro City; Noelyn Rose Mabuhay Campos of Antique; Rousanne Marie Bernos of San Juan City; Maria Corazon Abalos of Mandaluyong; Janela Joy Cuaton of Albay; Kheshapornam Ramachandran of Iloilo City; Maria Ingrid Teresita P. Santamaria of Parañaque City; Izabella Jasmine A. Umali of Manila; Maureen Christa Wroblewitz of Pangasinan; Princess Kristha Singh of Pasig City; Jedidah Hefervez Korinihona of Davao del Sur; Jan Louis Abejero of Reina Mercedes, Isabela; Leren Mae M. Bautista of Laguna; Jane Nicole M. Miñano of Romblon; Krizzaleen Mae B. Valencia of Davao Occidental; Michelle Angela Navaro Okol of Siargao Island; Megan Julia Roa Digal of Bukidnon; Kirsten Danielle Delavin of Masbate; Victoria Velasquez Vincent of Cavite; Chella Grace Falconer of Misamis Oriental; Joanna Marie Rabe of Zambales; Katrina Dimaranan of Taguig City; Christelle Abello of Aklan; Mirjan S. Hipolito of Angeles City; Ybonne Ortega of Davao City; Isabelle de los Santos of Makati; Simone Nadine Bornilla of Marinduque; and Steffi Rose Aberasturi of the province of Cebu.