After months of grueling training, challenges, and multiple elimination rounds, this year’s Miss Universe Philippines has finally been crowned – and she’s none other than Cebu City’s Beatrice Luigi Gomez!

The 26-year-old, who was considered a dark horse in the competition, successfully snatched the prestigious title from 100 other candidates from all over the Philippines.

With this win, she’ll be representing the country in the upcoming Miss Universe international leg, which will be held in Israel in December of this year. 

But more than the crown, what makes Gomez impressive are her experiences and her story.

Here are 7 facts about the Cebuana beauty, so we can get to know her better!

1. She’s fairly new to pageants. 

Photo from Beatrice Luigi Gomez’s Official Instagram Page

While some might think that our new Miss Universe is already an expert when it comes to pageants, the truth is she’s fairly new to the scene. 

Prior to her crowning as Miss Universe PH 2021, she’s managed to win a total of two crowns – Miss Mandaue 2015 and Binibining Cebu 2020.

2. She’s part of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Photo from Beatrice Luigi Gomez’s Official Instagram Page

Gomez is a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community. The Cebuana identifies as bisexual – someone who’s attracted – romantically and sexually – to male, female, or other genders. She’s in a committed relationship with DJ Kate Jagdon. They’ve been together for nearly seven years!

3. She’s a Philippine Navy Reservist. 

Photo from Beatrice Luigi Gomez’s Official Instagram Page

Besides brains and beauty, Gomez also has brawns! Last year, she participated in the Basic Citizen’s Military Course under the Naval Reserve Center of Eastern Visayas and became an official reservist. 

4. She likes to keep active.

Photo from Beatrice Luigi Gomez’s Official Instagram Page

Besides a beautiful face, a beauty queen should also have a healthy body. And this is something that comes naturally to Gomez. 

In her collegiate years, she was a volleyball player. She also practices scuba diving and MMA Fighting. 

5. She started out as a model. 

Photo from Beatrice Luigi Gomez’s Official Instagram Page

Before entering the pageant scene, Gomez first started out as a model – work she took on to help her single mom. 

6. She’s a strong supporter of youth empowerment. 

Photo from Beatrice Luigi Gomez’s Official Instagram Page

Gomez is one of the founders of BEyouthfulPH, an organization that aims to improve the lives of disempowered children and marginalized communities. 

7. She’s an animal lover. 

Photo from Beatrice Luigi Gomez’s Official Instagram Page

Gomez is the mother of multiple feline cuties, a role that she plays willingly and fondly. And it’s through this deep relationship with her pets that animal welfare became close to her heart and is something that she actively fights for.

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Image credit: Miss Universe Philippines’ Official Facebook Page