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Look: The Miss Universe Philippines 2020 crown—and its inspiring meaning

By Camille Santiago Published Oct 21, 2020 5:54 am

On its first outing sans ties with Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated, Miss Universe Philippines (MUP) has recently unveiled its official crown for this year's pageant.

The name: Not as exciting—Filipina. The story behind it, however, can be inspiring.

MUP said it's most especially through the crown—the most tangible and pictured item to represent the pageant—that it wanted to reiterate its message of Filipina empowerment.

The Filipina, said the organization in an Instagram post, represents the "true meaning of womanhood"—symbolizing characteristics of a Filipina such as drive to success, creativity, intelligence, optimism, fear of God, and determination. The crown boasts of diamond, sapphire, ruby, and topaz, with the last three gemstones derived from the colors of the Philippine flag.

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The 2020 Miss Universe Philippines Crown. The crown represents the achievement of one’s mind over body as a Filipina. It will be a symbol of triumph over one’s journey of trials, hard work and perseverance in obtaining one’s dream. A dream that has become a reality that would inhabit her mind, heart and spirit. The elements of the FILIPINA crown reflect the true meaning of womanhood. The swirl of leaves are like the lives of every woman who seeks success in different forms yet still keeps the Filipino values in their hearts. Every diamond embedded in each leaf lusters like smiles that sparkle the lives of people that she encounters. The yellow pearls express creativity, intelligence, optimism and fear of God - characteristics that make every Filipina a gem in her family. Sapphire, Ruby and Topaz represent the flag of every proud Filipina, a woman who believes in the beauty of her race, the strength that runs in the veins of her blood and the beat of her heart that would always describe a true FILIPINA. #PhenomenalWoman #Filipina

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The Filipina was crafted by local brand Villarica Pawnshop, MUP's official crown sponsor. 

"We are very grateful to them for stepping up to the challenge of creating this masterpiece. More than their expertise on gems and jewelry, they provided us with valuable insights on the significance of precious stones and what each one represents. These gems are emblems of dreams, ambition, happiness, pride, self-worth, and empowerment," MUP said in a post.

Another story on how the crown supports the female force lies in the sponsor's staff, MUP stressed.

"This is another major contribution to the cause of Women Empowerment from the same group founded by an empowered Filipina— a group that, until today, continues to place their belief in maintaining an all-female staff."