Filipina Miss Universe winners reunited on an SM Artwalk mural by U-P artist Peterich Chiu Wan

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The four Miss Universe titleholders from the Philippines, Margie Moran-Floirendo (1973), Catriona Gray (2018), Pia Wurtzbach (2015), and Gloria Diaz (1969) together in a mural painting greeting mall-goers. Credits to Peterich Chiu Wan.

The four Filipina Miss Universe winners, Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran, Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray, were reunited in a mural painting at the SM North Towers Artwalk in Quezon City.

The artwork titled “The Four Crowns” was painted by Peterich Chiu Wan and is now on display alongside other mural paintings which feature Filipino arts and images.

The artist from the University of the Philippines Diliman posted a photo of his mural painting on social media after it was officially launched in public on September 22.

“My first ever mural work for SM North Towers Artwalk featuring the four Ms. Universe titleholders from the Philippines. Margie Moran-Floirendo (1973), Catriona Gray (2018) Pia Wurtzbach (2015) and Gloria Diaz (1969),” Wan said in his post.

The newly displayed mural painting features Filipina beauty queens in their winning gowns and wearing their iconic crowns.

Margie Moran, the chairperson of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, won the second Miss Universe crown for the country in 1973 in her white gown.

Moran was 18 years old when she competed for the title in Athens, Greece and earned the privilege to wear the Sarah Coventry crown.

Reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray was painted in her iconic lava gown inspired by the Mayon Volcano and created by Kapampangan designer Mak Tumang.

The Filipina-Australian beauty won the 2018 Miss Universe title in Bangkok, Thailand where she bagged the Phoenix Mikimoto Crown, the most favorite crown of Miss Universe fans.

The peace advocate beauty queen is the first Filipino celebrity voice of the Waze navigation app.

Pia Wurtzback is the third Filipina Miss Universe winner. The Filipino-German model and actress, and now also a YouTube vlogger, ended the country’s 42 year-drought at the Miss Universe pageant wearing a cobalt blue gown designed by renowned Filipino designer Albert Andrada.

Wurtzbach secured the DIC crown, inspired by the New York City-scape, in a dramatic coronation night held in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2015.

Pia Wurtzbach is the first Filipina to have a wax figure in Madame Tussaud’s Museum in Hong Kong.

Morena beauty Gloria Diaz is the first Filipina to win the Miss Universe title in the pageant held in Miami Beach, Florida in July 1969.

The then 18-year-old Gloria Diaz wore a white gown as she snagged the Miss Universe Crown. Diaz bested other candidates from all over the world with her natural charm and witty answer during the question and answer portion which asked her about Filipinos eating with their hands.

The inspirational Filipina is still active in the entertainment industry and was recently in a cameo role as herself in the “Insatiable” Netflix series about beauty pageants.

The mural painting that featured four Filipinas who raised the Philippine flag on the Miss Universe pageant stage is a joint project of SM North EDSA, ZIG Philippines, and Davies Paints Philippines.

Ang Gerilya, a group of young artists from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, recently made headlines with mural paintings of Filipino legends on the pillars of the Shaw Blvd overpass.

SEND congratulations in the comments below to Peterich Chiu Wan and the SM Artwalk team for featuring the Filipina Miss Universe winners!

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Atom L. Pornel
Atom Pornel is a tourism and broadcast journalism major who loves local art and heritage and is passionate about anything good news from the Philippines. Born from a Bicolano-Odionganon father and Waray mother, he has grown appreciation of our diversity as nation.