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MIRIAM QUIAMBAO to Women's Group : "Bahala Na Sila!" | Miss Universe 2016

After the signed petition addressed to Miss Universe Organization by the women's groups to hold the pageant in the Philippines next year, Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up was very vocal in her support of staging the most prestigious beauty contest here in the country. Miriam who is now an inspirational speaker said the competition might actually be good for women's empowerment in the country.

In an interview with her at Balitanghali, daily noontime newscast of GMA News TV by Connie Sison she told : "Nirerespeto ko ang stand nila, bahala na sila kung isulong ito (petition against Miss Universe pageant in Manila ) pero in my own little way I am supporting Miss Universe.."

She also said in the interview that she owes her success to Miss Universe organization.

Meanwhile in an interview by Bianca Dabu of GMA News online, Quiambao said of the advocates, “Naiintindihan ko ang side nila, but instead of trying to stop this, why don't we just focus on what we want? A lot of success speakers and advocates say that—focus on what you want. So what it is that we really want? We want women to be held in high respect, to be empowered, to be educated. Why don't we focus on that instead? The more we focus on what we want, the more likely that we will achieve it.”

Let's hear her side on the issue :


In 1999, Quiambao joined the Binibining Pilipinas pageant and won Binibining Pilipinas World 1999 title. However the Binibining Pilipinas Universe titleholder Janelle Bautista was dethroned due to questionable citizenship. She was then asked to take over the title and be the Philippine representative to the Miss Universe 1999 pageant in Trinidad and Tobago and later on placed first runner-up to Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana.

Miriam during Miss Universe 1999 rehearsal

Among the people behind the petition that has so far gathered 58 signatories, based on a Facebook post by a certain Annie Serrano, were human rights activist Etta Rosales, former chairman of the Commission on Human Rights; Corazon Soliman, former secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development; former beauty queen Aurora Pijuan, convenor of the national barangay assembly in 2010; Karina Constantino-David, former chairman of the Civil Service Commission under the Arroyo administration; singer Leah Navarro, co-convener of the Black and White Movement that opposed former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; Imelda Nicolas, former chairman of the Commission of Filipinos Overseas; and Vicky Garchitorena, former president of Ayala Foundation.

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