Cebuano Representatives Shine in International Pageants

International Pageants

Two Cebuanos are poised to make their mark on the global stage as they represent the Philippines in prestigious international pageants scheduled for March 2024. Here are some details according to GMA Regional TV News.

Maria Gigante: A Beacon of Hope in Universal Woman

International Pageants

Maria Gigante, a seasoned beauty titlist hailing from the picturesque Bantayan Island, is set to compete for the coveted crown in the Universal Woman pageant. Held in Cambodia for its second edition, this esteemed contest has yet to witness a Philippine victory. The inaugural crown was claimed by pageant powerhouse Venezuela.

Appointed as Universal Woman Philippines in January 2024, Gigante brings a wealth of experience to the competition. A familiar face in the pageant circuit, she was among the 11 finalists in Miss World Philippines 2022 and has previously graced the stage as a candidate in Binibining Pilipinas. Notably, Gigante clinched the Binibining Cebu – Charity title during the inaugural Binibining Cebu pageant in 2017.

Beyond the glitz and glamour, a profound commitment to advocacy drives Gigante. She aims to spearhead initiatives aimed at safeguarding the rights of women and children as the bearer of the Universal Woman crown. Particularly focusing on combating physical and mental abuse. Collaborating with the non-profit organization chosen by Universal Woman, Gigante seeks to effect meaningful change and empower vulnerable communities.

Larz Kent Dawson: Sustainable Entrepreneur at Mister Universe Tourism

International Pageants

Larz Kent Dawson, whose roots trace back to Toledo City, is gearing up to showcase his charisma and charm. He is preparing for the Mister Universe Tourism pageant, set to take place in Indonesia. Following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Erik Lennart Visser, who secured the title for the Philippines in 2023. Dawson aims to uphold the country’s legacy of excellence on the international stage.

Success paved Dawson’s journey to Mister Universe Tourism. He clinched the Ginoong Pilipinas title in 2023, earning him the esteemed opportunity to represent the Philippines in this prestigious pageant. A talent under Admire Models Philippines, Dawson is not only a charismatic individual but also a dedicated student pursuing entrepreneurship at the University of San Carlos.

Passionate about sustainable entrepreneurship, Dawson advocates for innovative approaches to business that prioritize environmental and social responsibility. Embracing the digital age, Mister Universe Tourism aims to promote tourism through digital marketing in the new normal era. This aligns with Dawson’s vision of leveraging technology for positive change.

As Maria Gigante and Larz Kent Dawson embark on their respective journeys, they carry with them the hopes and aspirations of the Filipino people. With their unwavering determination and commitment to advocacy, these two Cebuanos exemplify the spirit of excellence and resilience. This defines the Filipino identity on the global stage.


As Maria Gigante and Larz Kent Dawson prepare to showcase their talents and represent the Philippines on the international pageants. Their journeys serve as a testament to the resilience, talent, and diversity of the Filipino people. With their unwavering dedication to advocacy and commitment to excellence, these two Cebuanos embody empowerment and positive change. Their actions resonate with the spirit of empowerment and positive change. As they compete in their respective pageants, they not only strive for victory but also aim to uplift communities, promote awareness, and inspire others to pursue their dreams. In celebrating their achievements, we embrace Filipino culture and the endless possibilities of dreaming. Maria and Larz shine as examples of the Philippines’ global beauty and talent presence.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

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