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Miss Universe Philippines
PredecessorBinibining Pilipinas
FormationDecember 2019; 4 years ago (2019-12)
HeadquartersBonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Philippines Philippines[a]
Miss Universe
Official language
  • Filipino
  • English
Franchise Holder
Empire Philippines Holdings, Inc.
Grupo Cisneros
National Director
Shamcey Supsup-Lee
Creative Director
Jonas Gaffud
Director of Communications
Voltaire Tayag

Miss Universe Philippines (commonly abbreviated as Miss Universe PH, MUPH, or MUP) is a beauty pageant and organization that selects the Philippines' official representative to Miss Universe—one of the Big Four international beauty pageants.[1]

The reigning Miss Universe Philippines is Michelle Dee of Makati who was crowned on May 13, 2023 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Bay City, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines.[2]


From 1964 to 2019, Binibining Pilipinas held the national franchise for Miss Universe, wherein it was responsible for selecting Filipinas to represent the Philippines and compete at the annual Miss Universe pageant.[3] Under Binibining Pilipinas, the Philippine representatives to the Miss Universe pageant were crowned with the title of Binibining Pilipinas from 1964 to 1971, and Binibining Pilipinas Universe from 1974 to 2011.[4] In 2012, the franchise renamed the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title to Miss Universe Philippines. The title was first given to Janine Tugonon during the Binibining Pilipinas 2012 coronation night, and has been continuously given to the competition's annual winner since.[5]

In December 2019, the Miss Universe franchise in the Philippines was officially granted to a new organizing body, with Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2011 and Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup-Lee as national director, and Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2006 Lia Andrea Ramos as Women Empowerment Chair, paving the way for the creation of the new Miss Universe Philippines Organization. Under the new organization, a separate, standalone pageant is now responsible for the selection of the current and future Miss Universe Philippines titleholders (2020—present).[6]

In April 2023, the Miss Universe Philippines introduced a Accredited Partners Program, allowing accredited partners to hold local pageants in their respective areas with access to MUPH branded merchandising.[7] Starting from the 2024 edition, MUPH would stop holding the traditional screening process to determine the entrants for its pageant and contestants would only be able to enter through local pageants held by accredited partners.[8]


The Filipina crown, as worn by Miss Universe Philippines 2021, Beatrice Gomez
  • Filipina (2020–2021) — Aptly named as Filipina, a feminine form of Filipino, the headwear was crafted by the Villarica family of Bulacan, a Filipino family of jewelers known for their Villarica Pawnshop Chain, along with an all-female staff. The elements of the crown represents the "qualities, aspirations, values, and symbols of the Filipino people". Swirl of leaves represents every woman who aims for success in "different forms" but still keeps "the Filipino values in their hearts"; diamond embedded in each leaf signifies "the sparkle" in the lives of people that each woman encounters; golden South Sea pearls represent four values of creativity, intelligence, optimism, and fear of God; sapphire, ruby and topaz was patterned after the blue, red, and yellow colors of the Philippine flag.[9][10] The crown has an estimated value of ₱5 million. (Nearly $100,000).[11]
  • La Mer en Majesté (2022–present) — Aptly translated to "The Sea in Majesty", the crown aims to pay homage to the sea for "she is the queen of the elements". Embedded in the headwear are Golden South Sea Pearls, the national gem of the Philippines, which acts as "a radiant symbol of the harmonious relationship between man and nature, capturing the very spirit of the Filipinos". The crown is crafted by Jewelmer, a French-Filipino fine jewellery brand based in the Philippines.[12][13]


Year Delegate Age[b] Hometown Placement Special award(s) Ref.
2020 Rabiya Mateo 24 Iloilo City Top 21 [14][15]
2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez 26 Cebu City Top 5 [16][17]
2022 Silvia Celeste Cortesi 25 Pasay [18][19]
2023 Michelle Daniela Dee 28 Makati Top 10
  • Best National Costume
  • Voice For Change (Gold Winner)
  • Spirit of Carnival Award
  • Fan Vote Winner
2024 TBA

Gallery of winners


Miss Universe Philippines Organization
Board of Directors
Position Officeholder
National Director Shamcey Supsup-Lee
Creative Director Jonas Gaffud
Head of Women Empowerment and Charity Lia Ramos
Head of Legal Affairs Nad Bronce
Design Council Head Albert Andrada
Head of Business Development and Marketing Mario Garcia
Director of Communications Voltaire Tayag
Adviser Jackie C. Aquino
Adviser Joee Guilas
Adviser Robby Carmona
Adviser P.Y. Cuanan
Adviser Mafae Yunon-Belasco
Adviser Margarita Gutierrez
Director for Charity Sam Verzosa
Adviser for Women Empowerment Richelle Singson
National Search Consultant Magdalena Cue

See also


  1. ^ The pageant includes Filipino diaspora in the United States
  2. ^ Ages at the time of Miss Universe


  1. ^ "New Miss Universe Philippines pageant launches 2020 search". ABS-CBN News. December 16, 2019. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  2. ^ "Makati's Michelle Marquez Dee is Miss Universe Philippines 2023". Rappler. May 13, 2023. Retrieved May 13, 2023.
  3. ^ "LOOK BACK: The Binibining Pilipinas legacy through the decades". Rappler. December 11, 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  4. ^ "Miss Universe Philippines crown no longer with Binibining Pilipinas". Rappler. December 9, 2019. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "Last year's runner-up crowned 2012 Bb Pilipinas Universe". Rappler. April 15, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  6. ^ "Shamcey Supsup to lead 'fresh' Miss Universe PH organization". ABS-CBN News. December 9, 2019. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  7. ^ Adina, Armin P. (April 12, 2023). "Miss Universe Philippines introduces new partnership programs". INQUIRER.net.
  8. ^ Adina, Armin P. (August 16, 2023). "No more screenings for 2024 Miss Universe PH pageant". INQUIRER.net.
  9. ^ Madarang, Catalina Ricci (October 21, 2020). "Yay or nay? Miss Universe Philippines 'Filipina' crown design thrills beauty pageant fans". Interaksyon. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  10. ^ Manucom, Randz & Buyo, Carla (October 25, 2020). "This Is The First-Ever Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Crown—See How It Looks On Rabiya Mateo!". Interaksyon. Retrieved November 12, 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ Tuazon, Nikko (October 21, 2020). "How much is the Miss Universe Philippines crown?". PEP.ph. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  12. ^ @themissuniversephilippines (April 19, 2022). "Presenting the La Mer en Majesté Crown" – via Instagram.
  13. ^ Viernes (April 19, 2022). "Miss Universe Philippines unveils its La Mer en Majesté crown". GMA News Online.
  14. ^ "Iloilo's Rabiya Mateo is Miss Universe Philippines 2020". Rappler. October 25, 2020. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  15. ^ "Rabiya Mateo concludes Miss Universe 2020 journey in top 21". Rappler. May 17, 2021. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  16. ^ Malig, Kaela (September 30, 2021). "Beatrice Gomez is Miss Universe Philippines 2021!". GMA News Online. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  17. ^ Lachica, Immae (December 13, 2021). "Bea Gomez makes MU mark, ends in the top 5 with Pintados-inspired evening gown". INQUIRER.net. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  18. ^ "Pasay's Celeste Cortesi is Miss Universe Philippines 2022". Rappler. April 30, 2022. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  19. ^ "Philippines' Celeste Cortesi finishes Miss Universe 2022 journey early". Rappler. January 15, 2023. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
  20. ^ Adina, Armin P. (May 14, 2023). "Michelle Dee of Makati crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2023". INQUIRER.net. Retrieved May 13, 2023.
  21. ^ Requintina, Robert (November 19, 2023). "PH bet Michelle Dee ends Miss Universe 2023 journey in the Top 10". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved November 21, 2023.

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