Pauline Amelinckx, the 27-year-old beauty queen who won the first runner-up title in the Miss Supranational pageant, has added another feather to her cap. She was named as the first-ever The Miss Philippines in a special homecoming event in Manila on Saturday.
The Miss Philippines is a new title that recognizes the achievements and contributions of Filipino women in various fields. It is conferred by the Miss Universe Philippines organization, which also holds the franchise for the Miss Universe pageant in the country.
Pauline received the crown and sash from Miss Universe Philippines National Director Shamcey Supsup, who was also a former Miss Universe runner-up. The pageant’s Creative and Events Director Jonas Gaffud was also present to witness the historic moment.
In an Instagram post, The Miss Philippines praised Pauline for representing confidence, intelligence, and positive change in addition to being a beauty queen.
“You embody not only the Filipino spirit that has made you the queen you are today, but you have also filled the hearts of every Filipino with joy and pride. Your journey brought people together in celebration of the Filipina’s beauty, wisdom, and influence,” the post read.
Pauline expressed her gratitude for the honor and said she hopes to inspire more Filipino women to pursue their dreams and make a difference in the world.
“I am humbled and honored to be the first-ever The Miss Philippines. This is not just a title, but a responsibility to uphold the values and ideals of Filipino women. I hope to use this platform to empower more women and to showcase the best of our country,” she said.
Pauline is a native of Bohol and has a degree in International Business Management from Cebu Doctors’ University. She is also an advocate for mental health awareness and environmental conservation.
She made history as the first Filipina to place in the top two of the Miss Supranational pageant, which was held in Poland last month. She impressed the judges and audiences with her stunning performance and eloquent answer in the final question round.
She is also set to compete in another international pageant, The Miss Globe, which will be held in Albania later this year. She hopes to bring home another crown for the Philippines and continue her advocacy work.