Michele Gumabao: What Did She Experience As MUPH 2020 Candidate?

“This is my statement, this is my story!” Michele Gumabao shares what happened during MUPH 2020.

MICHELE GUMABAO – Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Michele Gumabao finally released her statement about controversies concerning pageant.

Following the conclusion of the first ever Miss Universe Philippines 2020 being not under the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI). Iloilo’s bet Rabiya Mateo, a neophyte in the field, bagged the crown and the prestigious title, however, tagged as “bitter and sour losers” by the people are the veterans in pageantry who also joined the competition such as Miss Quezon City Michele Gumabao and Miss Taguig City Sandra Lemonon.


They have these controversial posts and statements online and Gumabao, the 2nd runner-up of the pageant, left the show even before the viewing party has ended which ignited speculations. With this, she finally spoke about it revealing her story and what she experienced as a candidate.

In her video where she released everything – her frustration and her experiences – she revealed that she heard and saw something that she shouldn’t have. Before the pageant happened, she shared, “I heard things I never should have heard, witnessed things I never should have witnessed as a candidate.”


It hurt her and immediately wanted to go home. She talked to her family and told to think about everything logically and expressed support for her all the way. She prayed as she was told and went on to finish her stint. She didn’t disclose, however, what she had witnessed.

To recall, pageant’s host KC Montero revealed that the competition filmed five different candidates wearing the crown and as per the winner, this was done so as to prevent leaking of the real result and create confusion. And prior. Gumabao expressed before that she knew the winner already even before the crowning happened.


In her video, she expressed that she’s not alone dealing with the same sentiments. Other candidates also have but she opted not to drop any names. She said:

“There are a lot of us that wish things happened differently, that our journey would have been somehow better. We do understand the conditions of the pandemic. We do understand the hardships that everybody had to go through, and the adjustments that everybody had to make just to make this possible.”

She ended her video with hoped that aspiring queens will have a better experience than she did. Due to her age, the MUPH 2020 is the last pageant she will have.


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