Held yesterday at the Sentul International Convention Center in Bogor, Indonesia, the Miss Grand International pageant just concluded its run for the year, with Brazil’s Isabella Menin bagging the crown. Our own representative Roberta Tamondong finished in the Top 20 of the pageant. She may not have snagged a placement, but Filipinos have been making noise on social media in support of the young beauty queen.
Despite her young age, Roberta Angela Santos Tamondong, or Roan as friends call her, is a pageant veteran, winning crowns in various beauty pageants: Miss Generation East 2018 Magic Circle, Mutya ng San Pablo 2019, a runner-up at Miss Teen Tourism Philippines 2019, Binibining Quezon City 2019, Miss San Beda 2020, and Miss Eco Teen Philippines 2020. She is also the first Filipino to win the title of Miss Eco Teen International in 2020.
Congratulations for the top 20 finish Queen! We knew you did your very best. 👏🇵🇭 That performances was flawless & well-executed.
Hindi ka nagkulang at walang may kulang. We love you so much!
— Real Pageantry (@realpageantryph) October 25, 2022
When she was crowned Bb. Pilipinas-Grand International 2022, she was only 19. This month, she represented the Philippines at Miss Grand International 2022, competing against 67 other candidates and finishing in the Top 20.
Slaying on stage
Despite not making it to the placements, Pinoys have been cheering loudly for the young beauty queen after her amazing performance at the pageant. Fans point out her strong introduction, eye-catching dance performance, stunning national costume, and overall strong charisma during the finals night. While she didn’t get to answer a question, fans believe she still would’ve slayed anyway. Many were even hoping she would bag the first-ever Miss Grand International crown for the country.
— Yashael 👑❣️📸 (@Dainsleif_10) October 25, 2022
I’m praying for a surprise win on Roberta Tamondong later. Be the First Queen from the Philippines. 🙏🏼🙌🏼
— evelyn hugo | shut down (@intocamzie) October 25, 2022
To a bigger stage
Despite the unfortunately swift end of her stint at Miss Grand International, Roberta Tamondong’s fans were quick to claim that she was meant for another, bigger stage: Miss Universe. They’re hoping she joins Miss Universe Philippines in the following cycle to prepare her for one of the four major international pageants.
Now the world sees how strong Roberta Angela Santos Tamondong is.
Never denied, only redirected. She is a Miss Universe in the making.
— Себастьян 🪐🥦 (@sebpafrajavale) October 25, 2022
What an eye-catching, audacious and striking look. Roberta proves that she has something to offer that Miss Grand can’t see. She executed a phenomenal aura and electrifying charisma. Until your next fight in the Miss Universe stage!#RobertaTamondong pic.twitter.com/bGgMbNfou2
— DANA💫 (@ChasteDana) October 25, 2022
— Jason (@Jasonrocks2408) October 25, 2022
A fellow queen supports her
— 🐳 (@chiinitaabebe) October 25, 2022
Even Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray thinks the young Roberta Tamondong displayed a strong performance. “She deserved so much. … I’m so proud,” she wrote in an Instagram comment.
Here’s to hoping Roberta Tamondong will have a chance to win the next Miss Universe crown after Catriona!