Beatrice Luigi Gallarde Gomez is a Filipino model, community development worker, athlete, military sergeant, and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2021.Making history as the first openly bisexual woman who was crowned Miss Universe Philippines, she represented the Philippines at the Miss Universe 2021 pageant in Eilat, Israel and finished as a Top 5 finalist.
Gomez was born on February 23, 1995 in San Fernando, Cebu, the Philippines. She was raised by a single mother. She studied at the University of San Jose–Recoletos and pursued a degree in mass communication. At the same time, she also played varsity volleyball for the university. As a student-athlete, she was able to study under an athletic scholarship. She dropped out of college but plans to resume her studies.
Miss Mandaue 2015
Gomez’s foray into the world of pageantry began in 2015 when she placed second runner-up at the Miss Mandaue 2015 pageant.
Binibining Cebu 2020
Gomez represented San Fernando at the Binibining Cebu 2020 pageant and won the title, succeeding Steffi Rose Aberasturi of Mandaue City. She also won the Best in Swimwear, Miss Foton, and Miss Body Worx Medical Spa awards.
Miss Universe Philippines 2021
Main article: Miss Universe Philippines 2021. On September 1, 2021, representing Cebu City, Gomez was confirmed as one of the thirty delegates in the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 pageant.
During the finals on September 30, 2021, Gomez won the Best in Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown, Miss Cream Silk, and Miss Luxxe ImmunPlus Game Changer awards. At the end of the event, Gomez was crowned by outgoing Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo as Miss Universe Philippines 2021.
Gomez made history as the first openly bisexual Miss Universe Philippines winner to compete in Miss Universe.
Miss Universe 2021
Main article: Miss Universe 2021. Gomez competed at the 70th Miss Universe pageant in Eilat, Israel on December 12, 2021, entering in the top 16 semifinalists. Gomez concluded her Miss Universe journey as a Top 5 finalist. Harnaaz Sandhu of India won the pageant.
In January 2021, she completed the citizens military course training of the Philippine Army Reserve Command in Eastern Visayas which allowed her to be part of the Philippine Navy Reserve Unit, with the rank of corporal. In October 2021, Gomez was promoted to sergeant.
Gomez is one of the founders of BEyouthfulPH, an organization that extends assistance in uplifting the lives of disempowered and disadvantaged children in different parts of the Philippines. One of the organization’s programs focuses on children in conflict with the law, guiding and inspiring them to become more proactive and law-abiding Filipino citizens.
Gomez holds the presidency of the Rotary International Rotaract Club of Metro Mandaue. Beatrice is an openly bisexual woman. She was previously in a relationship with disc jockey and entrepreneur Kate Jagdon. Gomez also does boxing, scuba diving, and mixed martial arts.
Gomez is first cousin to the late Rizzini Alexis Gomez, Miss Tourism International 2012–2013 and niece of former Philippine Basketball Association player Roel Gomez.