The original article I wrote for Missosology went viral on social media yesterday, so I though of re-sharing this here. Enjoy! 🙂
What do Miriam Quiambao, Charlene Gonzales, Jennifer Barrientos and Janine Tugonon have in common?
Aside from representing the Philippines in Miss Universe, they all earned their respective undergraduate degrees in UST.
The University of Santo Tomas has “produced more beauty queens than any other school in the Philippines”, the now controversial entertainment columnist Ricky Lo once wrote in his Philippine Star column, quoting beauty expert and UST alumnus Felix Manuel.
The dean’s list
To prove this claim, Manuel and his fellow experts came up with a list of Thomasian titleholders. (Click this to see full list: UST has most number of beauty queens)
Some of the notable Thomasian representatives to Miss Universe are Charlene Gonzalez (1994), Miriam Quiambao (1999) and Janine Tugonon (2012). Evangeline Pascual, Miss World 1973 first runner-up, is also a Thomasian. Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman was studying in UST when she first joined…
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