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EILAT, ISRAEL — Beatrice Luigi Gomez failed to make it in the 70th annual Miss Universe 2021 final 3, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021 (Monday, December 13th Manila time), at Universe Dome, Eilat, Israel.

Earlier in the competition, it seemed to many that the Philippines’ bet could have gained momentum as she started promising to wow her Bakunawa-inspired national costume.

Miss Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez's national costume Bakunawa-inspired during Miss Universe 2021
Miss Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez’s national costume during the Miss Universe 2021 competition in Israel is Bakunawa-inspired which was designed by Axel Que and Manny Halasan. Photo: themissuniverseph Instagram

However, Miss Nigeria won the best national costume award. The costume was designed by Filipino fashion student Kennedy Jhon Gaspar, and it was inspired by a Nigerian tribe masquerade costume “Mmanwu”.

Miss Universe 2021 best national costume is Miss Nigeria
Miss Nigeria Maristella Okpala won the Best National Costume in the 70th annual Miss Universe 2021 held in Eilat, Israel. The costume was designed by Filipino fashion student Kennedy Jhon Gaspar. It was inspired by a Nigerian tribe masquerade costume “Mmanwu”. Photo: mariselle4 Instagram

Miss Philippines made it to the Top 16, then narrowed down to the top 10, and finally to the top 5 of the competition. In the top 5 Q&A, Beatrice Luigi Gomez answered, “I believe that public health is everyone’s responsibility and to mandate vaccine and inoculation is necessary.” Gomez continued, “If mandating vaccine passport would help us in regulating the rollout of vaccine and mitigate the situation of the pandemic today, then I would agree on mandating the necessary passport of vaccination.” Gomez was asked about the mandatory vaccine passport.

Philippines' Beatrice Luigi Gomez fails the final 3 in the Miss Universe 2021
Miss Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez in the 2021 Miss Universe competition held in Israel.

Beatrice Luigi Gomez, 26, is the first member of the LGBTQ+ community to win the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 on Sept. 30, 2021. Representing Cebu City, Gomez won the Best in Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown, Miss Cream Silk, and Miss Luxxe ImmunPlus Game Changer awards in the Miss Universe Philippines competition.

Meanwhile, Miss South Africa, Miss India, and Miss Paraguay took the final spots in the 70th annual Miss Universe 2021 competition held in Eilat, Israel. RQJ

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