By: Kims Cyra Rayel Moring
Davao City–Beatrice Luigi Gomez concluded her Miss Universe journey in the Top 5 during the pageant’s finals night in Universe Arena, Eilat, Israel, on Sunday, December 12, 2021 (Monday morning, December 13 in the Philippines).
The 26-year-old Cebuana beauty queen was one of the 80 candidates to be called for the Top 5, but she failed to make it to the Top 3 of the competition.
Candidates who moved on to the next round of the competition are Lalela Mswane from South Africa, Harnaaz Sandhu of India, and Nadia Ferreira of Paraguay. One of these candidates will succeed reigning titleholder Andrea Meza of Mexico.
Before her exit, Gomez impressed the audience with her maroon one-piece during the swimsuit segment, her stunning gold dress for the evening gown competition, and her performance in the question-and-answer portion.
During the Q&A portion, Gomez says she agrees to mandate a universal vaccine passport. Also, she said, “Public health is everyone’s responsibility.”
Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere asked Gomez this question: “Given the ever-changing COVID situation, what is your opinion of mandating a universal vaccine passport?”
She answered, “I believe that public health is everyone’s responsibility, and to mandate vaccine passports would help us in regulating the rollouts of the vaccine and mitigate the situation of the pandemic today; then I would agree on mandating the necessary passport of vaccination. Thank you.”
During the pageant, Beatrice shared that a single mother raised her and became part of the Philippine Navy Reserve Force.
“My role model for women empowerment is my mom. She raised me and my sister; she was a single mom. She showed me that changes you can go through in life you can overcome it as long as you are determined and responsible for your actions”, Beatrice said.
Beatrice has crowned Miss Universe Philippines in September 2021. She made history as the first openly-bisexual Filipina Candidate to win the title #