HEADS UP: Who Will Be Crowned Miss Universe 2021? (Dec. 13)

Here’s what you need to know today.
Photo/s: Menahem Kahana, Agence France-Presse

Here’s a Heads Up from reportr on news you need to know today, Dec. 13:


  • The 70th Miss Universe pageant airs live today from Eilat, Israel. Philippines’ Beatrice Luigi Gomez will battle it out against 79 other contestants for the world’s most coveted crown.
  • Gomez wowed Filipino and international fans when she came out during Saturday’s National Costume Show wearing a moon-eating dragon costume.
  • Ahead of the Miss Universe finals, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach opened up about her mental health struggles as she reminded others who experience the same issues to talk it out and seek help.
  • Why are Filipinos so obsessed with Miss Universe? Here’s the history of the nation’s relationship with the beauty pageant.


  • The Commission on Elections will work with YouTube to have the official channels of candidates for the 2022 elections verified.
  • Presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo has unveiled her plan to provide jobs to Filipinos to help them ride out the pandemic.
  • Sen. Panfilo Lacson said he would not seek President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement for his presidential bid, for the sake of self-respect.
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  • All seven members of K-Pop sensation BTS created their own Instagram accounts. Here’s why it is a big deal.
  • The Philippines has added flights from Portugal to its list of prohibited arrivals due to the threat of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
  • How effective are vaccines against the Omicron variant? Here’s what scientists say.


  • Maria Ressa has formally accepted her Nobel Peace Prize award, launching a vitriolic attack against U.S. tech giants, accusing them of fuelling a flood of "toxic sludge" on social media.
  • A tropical depression east of the Philippines is threatening provinces in Visayas and Mindanao and may unleash up to Signal No. 4 winds in the coming days.
  • BDO Unibank said it would reimburse its clients whose accounts fell victim to hacking.
  • The Bureau of Customs is opening up an auction for five luxury vehicles that were either abandoned or forfeited.
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