After eight months of wait, the first-ever Miss Universe Philippines was set on stage.
Creamline’s Michele Gumabao, representing Quezon City, ended as the second-runner up in the pageant that was aired worldwide Sunday at the Baguio Country Club.
“The volleyball court was the first-ever stage I walked on. And I know that God is using me to share my passion for the sport with the younger generation. This is how I know that I am phenomenal and conditioned for greater,” said the 5-foot-10 volleybelle, who is a three-time Best Opposite Spiker in the PVL.
“I want to instill to the youth qualities like faith, passion, hard work, and discipline, because I stand here today as proof that these can help you achieve your dreams. And I am here to tell you to fight and never give up. Be relentless in the pursuit of your dreams.”
The product of De La Salle University went on to ace the swimsuit and evening gown competitions to secure a spot in the Top 5, wherein she answered the two questions the best way possible.
For the 27-year-old and 2018 Binibining Pilipinas-Globe, she was grateful for her Bible app that kept her mental health and sanity through this time of the pandemic and likewise on her journey in the pageant.
“It kept me grounded, and it kept me centered. And that’s the most important thing I need in the time of a pandemic.”
When asked about the relevance of pageantry in this time of crisis, Gumabao reiterated the need for a platform for inspiration.
She began, “As we all know pageants are a very, very inspiring event, not just to the Philippines but to every country (who) supports pageantry. It is important to stage a pageant and to show the Philippines that we are more than just our setbacks and our failures.
“Having a pageant symbolizes hope. And right now, on this stage that’s what who we are.”