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Philippines’ Tracy Maureen Perez fighting for Miss World 2021 crown

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Tracy Maureen Perez, 28, of Cebu City, Philippines is one of the 40 Miss World 2021 quarterfinalists. This will be her last chance to win a major international beauty pageant because the age limit of Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth is 28.

Tracy Maureen Perez
Tracy Maureen Perez

Miss World 2021 in Puerto Rico

Miss World 2019 Toni-Ann Singh, 26, of Jamaica was supposed to crown her successor at José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 16, 2021. It was cancelled due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and all the candidates who were already in San Juan were sent home.

From 97 candidates, only 40 were invited to compete in the coronation night of Miss World 2021 at José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum on March 16, 2022. Hosted by Peter Andre, Fernando Allende and Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle, the ceremony will be broadcast on REELZ, London Live and Univision.

The 40 quarterfinalists will be whittled down to 12 semifinalists then to five finalists. In the end, Miss World 2021 and the first and second princesses will be declared.

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Tracy Maureen Perez

Born in Cebu City, Perez earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City. She was Miss Cebu 2016 first runner-up.

On October 28, 2017, Perez competed at Binibining Cebu 2017 and finished sixth. On October 19, 2018, she competed at Binibining Cebu 2018 and finished third, winning the Binibining Cebu Charity 2018 title.

On September 15, 2019, Perez represented Cebu City at Miss World Philippines 2019 and finished in the Top 12. On October 3, 2021, she represented the city again at Miss World Philippines 2021 and won the title.

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Miss Universe Philippines 2020

The inaugural edition of Miss Universe Philippines was held in Baguio City. A total of 46 candidates competed for the title including Perez, who represented Cebu City.

On October 25, 2020, Rabiya Mateo, then 24, of Iloilo City was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2020 at the Cordillera Convention Hall of Baguio Country Club in Baguio City. Perez won Best in Swimsuit Photo and Miss Photogenic and finished in the Top 16.

Baguio City was represented by Bea Theresa Maynigo, then 24. She was unplaced.

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Megan Young and Catriona Gray

On September 28, 2013, Megan Young, then 23, of the Philippines won Miss World 2013 at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center in South Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. She is the first Miss World from the Philippines.

On December 18, 2016, Catriona Gray, then 22, of the Philippines finished in the Top 5 at Miss World 2016 at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States. On December 17, 2018, she beat 93 other candidates at the Impact Arena in Nonthaburi, Thailand and became the fourth Miss Universe from the Philippines.

Gray and her former boyfriend Clint Bondad first met in an elevator in Baguio City. In December 2020, Young and her husband Mikael Daez spent their holidays in the city.

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