Maria Gigante of Cebu Clinches Second Universal Woman Title

Maria Gigante

Maria Gigante from Bantayan Island, Cebu, emerged victorious in the second edition of the Universal Woman pageant, marking a significant achievement for the Philippines in the global stage of beauty pageants. Here are some details according to the report of GMA Regional TV News.

Pageant Results

Gigante secured the coveted Universal Woman title during the finals held in Cambodia on March 23, 2024. Her win broke Venezuela’s potential back-to-back victory streak, with Lisandra Chirinos of Venezuela finishing as the first runner-up. Elisa Mysyshyne of France followed as the second runner-up.

Appointed as Universal Woman Philippines in January 2024, Gigante expressed her vision for the future during the finals. She emphasized the importance of respect, collaboration, and positive social change. Her eloquent speech resonated with the audience and judges, solidifying her position as a frontrunner in the competition.

Maria Gigante

Pageant Journey

Gigante’s journey in the world of pageantry spans years of dedication and perseverance. With experience as a host, model, and beauty pageant contestant, she has honed her skills and charisma on various platforms. Her participation in prestigious pageants like Miss World Philippines 2022 and Binibining Pilipinas reflects her commitment to representing her country with grace and dignity.

Beyond the glitz and glamour of the pageant world, Gigante is dedicated to making a tangible difference in society. As the newly crowned Universal Woman, she vows to champion initiatives aimed at protecting women and children from physical and mental abuse. Collaborating with the Universal Woman organization, Gigante seeks to drive positive change and create a more inclusive and sustainable future.


The triumph of Maria Gigante in the Universal Woman pageant not only brings honor to her hometown of Cebu and the Philippines but also underscores the power of beauty with a purpose. As she embarks on her reign, Gigante demonstrates unwavering commitment to advocacy and empowerment. Her actions set a remarkable example for aspiring women leaders around the world.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

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