A crown and a military medal? Beatrice just got that.
The Philippine Marine Corps Foundation Inc. awarded Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez a Military Merit Medal and labeled her an honorary member of Friends of Marines on May 25.
On Instagram, she flexed her portrait wearing a military uniform, writing “It always feels like home,” alongside her gratitude to the Philippine Marine Corps Foundation Inc.
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“Rest assured that I will continue to pursue my involvement to support military operations to serve the Filipino people.” Gomez guaranteed.
Fellow beauty queens left congratulatory messages on Gomez's post.
"Never missing any chance to make us proud! #girlpower ❤️ Chak de Phatte," wrote Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu.
Binibining Pilipinas International 2021 Hannah Arnold, meanwhile, left a "proud of you" comment.
Gomez is a reserve in the Philippine Marine Corps of the Philippine Navy. As a non-commissioned officer, she has the rank of sergeant.
In January 2021, the Cebuana beauty completed a basic citizens military course in Eastern Visayas and was commissioned as a reservist of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) with the rank of Corporal.
She was promoted to sergeant after winning the Miss Universe Philippines pageant in September 2021.