With the likes of Kisses Delavin, Ayn Bernos, and Maureen Wroblewitz joining Miss Universe Philippines 2021, this year’s competition will be one to watch out for.
Pageants hold a special place in the hearts of many Filipinos. If Americans have football and Europeans have soccer, Filipinos have beauty pageants. We take these competitions very seriously. So, when Miss Universe Philippines announced this year’s delegates, people waited with bated breath to see who would be part of the competition. When the list finally dropped, social media was ablaze with who made the cut as it featured a bevy of known names and faces, as well as of a few surprises.
The biggest name that got most people’s attention was the inclusion of actress Kisses Delavin, or in the official poster, Kirsten Danielle Delavin. Before the announcement, she caused quite a stir when she said that she was open to joining MUP. Well, clearly, she was more than open. But pageants aren’t anything new for the Masbate native and PBB alumni.
She joined her first pageant when she was three years old. In 2013, Kisses was crowned Miss Teen Masbate and also won Miss Teen Campus and Miss Alma Matter when she was in high school. In 2016, the same year that she joined PBB, Kisses was crowned Miss Masbate and Miss Kaogma.
Not only is Kisses Delavin a talented actress, but she also has experience competing in and winning pageants. She also brings this heart and warm energy to the things she does, which you can see. It’s safe to say that Kisses is coming into the competition as a fan favorite, but she is going to be up against a fierce and strong group of competitors.
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Among the more notable names included in the delegate list is Maureen Wroblewitz. She got her claim to fame when she competed in and subsequently won Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 5, and in the process becoming the first Filipina to win the competition. She also is an actress, a former co-host on Eat Bulaga, and recently, a signed Star Magic talent.
There is also Ayn Bernos, who you may know as a content creator and founder of the clothing brand Morena the Label. In an Instagram video talking about her inclusion, she said that she didn’t know if she could join MUP because she doesn’t meet the minimum height requirement (she’s 5’3”). But that was dropped this year and she “applied on the spot. I dropped everything and sent in my application that day.” She ended the video by saying “To every young girl out there who dares to dream, it’s possible.” From affirmations on TikTok to the Miss Universe Philippines stage, it seems that manifesting really works.
Other notable names vying for the crown include Leren Bautista (Miss Globe 2019 2nd runner up), Steffi Aberasturi (Binibining Cebu 2018-2019 and has the nickname of Undefeated Queen of Cebu), Victoria Vincent (she holds a master’s in architecture and is a heritage conservationist), and Katrina Dimaranan (Miss Supranational 1st runner up, TV host, and Love Island US season 1 cast member).
This year’s batch of delegates is composed of a variety of women from different backgrounds, skin types, and occupations which makes for an exciting competition. Each delegate brings something different to the table, proving that pageantry is slowly and surely turning the tide. Stay tuned in the coming months to see how the competition unfolds and catch the crowning of Miss Universe Philippines 2021 on September 25.
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