Behold the ‘Filipina’

IMG 20201020 221739 - LOOK: Miss Universe Philippines unveils its official crown

During a chat with Miss Universe Philippines (MUP) National Director Shamcey Supsup-Lee, she teases that the crown is such a “big thing.” Figuratively, the crown presents a huge responsibility. But when it was unveiled, we now understand what she truly meant.

A true Filipino brand, Villarica Pawnshop, is the official crown sponsor of the MUP. Just like the pageant, the Bulacan-hailed business has been and advocate of women empowerment, following after its founder Paz Resureccion Villarica

“We are very grateful to them for stepping up to the challenge of creating this masterpiece,” MUP posted. “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.”

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In the Philippines, Meycauayan, Bulacan is renowned as the center of world-class craftsmanship in fine jewelry-making. It is also home to the Villarica Family, owners of the Villarica Pawnshop chain. 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. Having a point-of-view as informed as theirs allowed them to make a crown that truly looks and feels special. 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. #PhenomenalWoman #Filipina #MissUniversePhilippines2020 #MissUniversePhilippines #villarica

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Called the “Filipina,” the crown is made of topaz, sapphire, ruby, diamonds, and yellow pearls, designed to resemble the Philippine flag, with swirls of leaves as elements that symbolize a woman’s journey. According to MUP, these gems are emblems of dreams, ambitions, happiness, pride, self-worth, and empowerment. 

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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 crown represents the achievement of one’s mind over body as a Filipina,” MUP said. “It will be a symbol of triumph over one’s journey of trials, hard work, and perseverance in obtaining one’s dream.”

Who among the 40 candidates will be the first to wear this crown? We’ll find out on Oct. 25.

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