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Miss Philippines Is Crowned First-Ever Miss Trans Global

Mela Franco Habijan wins the international online beauty pageant.
IMAGE Miss Trans Global/YouTube

Miss Philippines Mela Franco Habijan was named Miss Trans Global 2020 in its first ever virtual pageant Saturday night.

"This is truly a defining moment in my life—a childhood dream that came true, a celebration of my truth, a testament of the love and acceptance that I get from the world, and my little way of honoring the life and dignity of Jennifer Laude and other trans Pinays ridiculed and oppressed by the society," said Habijan in a Facebook post. "I will always live by my beautiful purpose: to never give up, to never be bothered, and to never get tired of making my family, my friends, my country, and my God proud!"

The pageant's website says “Miss Trans Global was conceived from past ideas and current life in isolation, 2020." It says its contestants are “trans and gender nonconforming people from all backgrounds to raise awareness on transgender and LGB issues around the world."

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Habijan shared her joy in a Facebook post early this morning, accompanied by a photo of her family.

Readers may remember her as Erick Habijan, who made headlines when she ran for Marikina councilor in the 2016 elections with her campaign slogan "Bata, Bago, Bakla." She didn't win, but she remained in the public eye, as a writer and actress, and recently as a peanut butter entrepreneur.


Well, she's made the headlines again, and this time for being victorious. 

Congratulations, Miss Trans Global!

Watch last night's show here:

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