From the incredible hospitality, to her contributions to fashion: The Maria Clara gown and the terno — with its elegant and exaggerated architectural sleeves — to shoes (lest we forget the very personification of glamour that is Madam Imelda Marcos), and even to drag, the balmy archipelagic country of the Philippines has quickly infiltrated the realms of pop culture and built themselves a stronghold on the recent rising tide of Asian representation in Hollywood (hello Kris Aquino and Nico Santos!).

But what she is really known for are her bevies of graceful beauties with brains that win crowns, and snatch trophies. Here, we say Mabuhay to some of the Philippines' most radiant daughters and their winning smiles!

Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018

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Pia Wurtzbach, Filipina Beauty Queens

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Megan Young, Filipina Beauty Queens

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Kylie Verzosa, Filipina Beauty Queens

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Bea Santiago, Filipina Beauty Queens

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Karen Ibasco, Filipina Beauty Queens

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Jamie Herrell, Filipina Beauty Queens

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