Miss Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez receives sweet message from her girlfriend
Newly crowned Cebuana beauty queen Beatrice Luigi Gomez has been in a relationship for six years.
by Rhea Manila Santos
A day after Beatrice Luigi Gomez was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2021, her girlfriend of six years DJ Kate Jagdon posted a sweet congratulatory message for her on Instagram. Even before the coronation night, the candidate from Cebu had already been open about her same-sex relationship and being a proud member of the LGBTQ community.
In her post, Kate shared how proud she is of her girlfriend and thanked everyone who has helped her in her Miss Universe Philippines 2021 journey. She wrote, “You have proved once again @beatriceluigigmz that you’re worthy of all the big things in life. Congratulations to you for doing it once again! We are so proud of you! The new Ms. Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez and the rest of her court, besting over 99 other candidates in the competition. Your journey of being authentic is an inspiration to every Filipino… To our family, friends, beabies, gomezuniverse, teacher jake @viancaramay @bodyworxmedicalspaph @bloomingphofficial and the people who supported, who prayed, who rooted and congratulated her, thank you so much. You are the reason why she held her head high and continued to conquer her fears.”
During the coronation night held last September 30 in Bohol, Beatrice bested 28 other candidates from all over the country. A month before being crowned, Kate had already posted a message of support for her partner on her Instagram account. She wrote, “Congratulations for making it to the Top 30 Bab @beatriceluigigmz
I remembered when we were at Malaysia 2 years ago with 2 of our friends talking about our future plans, you were considering joining Binibining Cebu and you were talking about how scared you were about the journey and now you are fighting for the Miss Universe Philippines Crown, just be your authentic self the way you have always been since the day I first met you, I’m sure the people will love you for being you, just like I do. show them what you got, always remember we stand behind you .”
The couple, who had been dating since 2015, have become an inspiration to other members of the LGBTQ community. In Kate’s Instagram account, photos from their travels together to various countries show highlights of their relationship. In one post, Kate wrote, “If there is anybody on this earth who is a real-life Wonder Woman, it is you. And alas, I am but fit to be your sidekick. And like any good lackey, I don’t need to be reminded of the really important times of the year, such as today. In other words, Happy Birthday my love ”
Before joining Miss Universe Philippines, Beatrice joined a local pageant by representing her hometown of San Fernando in Southern Cebu and was crowned 2020 Binibining Cebu.
Aside from being a beauty queen, Beatrice is also an active military reservist under the Philippine Navy Reserve Unit and proud member ng LGBTQI+ community. After winning her first pageant in 2020, Beatrice shared a post in commemoration of Pride Month.
She wrote, “I’ve been criticized a lot for winning the Binibining Cebu crown for being gay. I just didn’t feel like I owe anyone my identity because the people who know me personally love me just the way I am especially my family whose opinions matter to me the most, and so I decided to always be true to myself.
“When people condemn me because they say it is not what it says in the Bible somehow I’m always reminded that being able to say who I am on stage in front of thousands of people was what God wanted me to do because again, I would like to share what happened on that day before the coronation.
“I went to the Carmelites Monastery early in the morning to ask for guidance. I only asked God to show me who I was meant to be. I didn’t ask Him to make me go home that night with a crown on my head. I only asked Him to make me change even just one life in the audience. I studied a lot of topics in preparation for the Q&A but LGBTQ topics were the least on my list so even I was shocked on how I came up with my own answer because I always wanted to keep that matter about me private.
“The day after that, I was overwhelmed with a lot of congratulatory messages but what mattered to me the most were messages of others, even strangers who opened up themselves to me and how I inspired them and since then if I were hurt because of criticisms, those words brought to me by strangers, now friends became my source of strength and better judgement. I will never doubt myself for being gay ever again.
“If being gay didn’t make God happy why then does He continue to bless me and give me the strength to overcome life’s every challenge? I only truly became happy and lived life to the full when I started becoming honest to myself.”
Beatrice will represent the Philippines in the 70th Miss Universe in Israel this coming December. She succeeds Rabiya Mateo who made it to the Top 21 in the 2020 Miss Universe pageant held last May where Mexico’s Andrea Meza won the crown.