In an annual countdown, a number of beauty pageants happen across the country. Each event would never be complete without representatives from the country’s pageant powerhouse – Cebu. One of the most anticipated events of all this year is the Miss Universe Philippines, it is a national pageant which aims to select a representative to compete in the prestigious international pageant – Miss Universe.
Last 2019, Philippines was represented by Ms. Gazini Ganados, a confidently proud Cebuana, in the Miss Universe 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. This year, three strong, smart, and beautiful Cebuanas, namely Tracy Maureen Perez, Apriel Smith, and Lou Dominique Piczon, are on the run to becoming the country’s next representative in the grandest international pageant after having been selected as official candidates for the first edition of Miss Universe Philippines.
Let’s get to know more about Cebu’s three gorgeous representatives.
1. Lou Dominique Piczon
Piczon, a 24-year old Cebuana diva, has racked several titles before being crowned as Binibining Cebu Heritage 2018 and also becoming an official candidate on this year’s Miss Universe Philippines. She was USJR’s Ms. Intramural 2014, Reyna ng Aliwan 2016, Ms. Summer Queen 2013 first runner-up, and many more
2. Tracy Maureen Perez
Perez’s first ever pageant was Miss TC 2011 which happened when she was in college. And with her intelligence, wit, and dedication, she undoubtedly won. Perez is an Industrial Engineering student in the University of San Carlos.
She has won several titles and has achieved so much before she participated in national pageants. She was Binibining Cebu Charity 2018, and placed 2nd runner-up during Miss Cebu in 2016, and was also one of the Top 12 in Miss World 2019. This year, she will represent Cebu City in Miss Universe Philippines.
3. Apriel Smith
Smith, with her exquisitely beautiful skin, was hailed as “The Black Barbie of Cebu” by Danny Booc, her manager. This 23-year old beauty queen has been quite busy collecting titles and chasing her dreams at an early age. She was Miss Little Olympics 2010, Sinulog Festival Queen 2012, Miss Mandaue 3rd runner-up, Miss Dumanjug 2011, Miss Cebu City Olympics 2012, and the first-ever Binibing Cebu 2017. This year, Smith will be representing Cebu Province in Miss Universe Philippines.
Did you know? Piczon, Smith, and Perez are all handled by one of the well-known camps in the world of Philippine pageantry, the Aces and Queens.
Where to Watch?
Schedule of Events:
- Preliminary Night: Friday, October 23, 2020 at 7PM
- Pageant Night (Coronation): Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 9AM
Where to watch?
- LIVE (9AM): Tickets for the Live online viewing can be purchased on KTX.ph
- REPLAY (10:30PM): Replay will be shown on GMA-7 at 10:30PM
For the pageant updates, follow Miss Universe Philippines on Facebook.
OCTOBER 23, 2020 (PRELIMINARY NIGHT):
- Mandaue City’s Lou Piczon wins Best National Costume
- Cebu City’s Tracy Maureen Perez wins Miss Photogenic
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