During a beauty pageant in the Philippines, a contestant Maria Izobel Taguiam impressed the audience when she chose to openly speak about her girlfriend when the official question was asked to her onstage. Taguiam, 17, represented Tabogon at the first Binibining Cebu pageant, on October 28.
The 12 final contestants were each asked a question as a part of the competition. Taguiam’s question was based on relationships and before the main question was asked, the host Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry asked whether she had a boyfriend or not. Giving a truthful reply to her, Taguiam said, “Yes, not a boyfriend, but a girlfriend. Because I believe love does not see gender and if you love someone, go for it.” The response was met with applause and cheers as reported by Cebu Daily News.
Later, in the same interview, Taguiam spoke about her girlfriend and said, “I’m just proud to have her. I just want to tell people it is indeed okay to love someone regardless of gender. I realized that if she doesn’t love me, she won’t even agree to the idea. She’s someone worth loving, she has a beautiful soul.” Taguiam did not win the contest, however she chose to express her views with a post on Facebook.
Following the event, Taguiam’s answer soon went viral and earned appreciation from people all around the world. While, many were impressed with the way she dealt with the question, others were immensely proud of coming out of the closet with confidence. Take a look at some reactions here.
YES GIRL 🙌🌈 pic.twitter.com/lqisHGdQ2h
— #LoveWins 🏳️🌈 (@LGBTWinsPH) November 4, 2017
Host: Do you have a boyfriend?
Ms Tabogon: Yes, actually it’s not a boyfriend, it’s a girlfriend. #BinibiningCebu
— Kevin 🍂 (@kevinval05) October 28, 2017
“Do you have a boyfriend?”
“I have a girlfriend.”https://t.co/eFwuqvidUH
— Hoka-G (@guraizakunoichi) November 4, 2017
“She’s someone worth loving, she has a beautiful soul,” (Taguiam, 2017) https://t.co/BL49Yf550P
— ⚔️ (@deadyoungmind) November 4, 2017
— DandereStatGirl.Katy (@UKnowNothingKat) November 3, 2017
HOO BOI WE HAVE A GAY BEAUTY PAGEANT CONTESTANT FROM CEBU!!!!! 🇵🇭🌈💕 https://t.co/JMlKBTDFnp
— Aly (@yomitakanashi) November 4, 2017
“Never be ashamed of your family, friends and most especially your lover.”
— Dhanica Ghienne 💁🏼 (@itsdhaqueenofh) November 8, 2017