Margarita Moran-Floirendo

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Margarita Moran-Floirendo
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Maria Margarita Roxas Moran
(1953-09-15) September 15, 1953 (age 61)
Manila, Philippines
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Binibining Pilipinas 1973
Miss Universe 1973

Maria Margarita Roxas Moran-Floirendo or Margie Moran-Floirendo (born 15 September 1953 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino multi-awarded peace advocate for her efforts in Mindanao[1][2] and currently the President of Ballet Philippines.[2][3] She is best known for winning the second Miss Universe crown for the Philippines in 1973.[4][5]

Early Life[edit]

The full-time college student at Maryknoll College (now Miriam College) and part-time Auggie Cordero model is a granddaughter of Manuel Roxas, fifth President of the Philippines.[6][7]

Miss Universe 1973[edit]

She won the right to represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant in Athens, Greece after winning the Binibining Pilipinas competition in 1973.[8] Moran said that she entered the contest because of the incessant urgings of friends and family. The 19-year-old, 5 ft 6 in beauty ultimately won the Miss Universe 1973 title and also garnered the Miss Photogenic award.[9] She is one of only four Miss Universe winners to also win Miss Photogenic, the others being Margareta Arvidsson, Janelle Commissiong, and Denise Quiñones.

Life after Miss Universe[edit]

Two years after her reign, she married and managed to finish her Business Administration degree at Boston University[1] and took her masters at the University of London.[7] She headed several private companies like a resort called "Pearl Farm" in Samal Island, Davao del Norte from 1989 to 1994, hosted "Margie on Mindanao" on TV and produced a multi-awarded movie, Bagong Buwan.[1] Moran is also notable for her social and civic works especially for promoting peace and livelihood as part of the Mindanao Commission on Women Organization and recently as an ambassador-trustee of Habitat for Humanity Philippines.[10][11]

Her passion and experience as a dancer at the age of 18, prompt her to promote arts and culture with Southern Philippines Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Ecology.[1][2] She is now busy running the over-all operations of Ballet Philippines.[3]

Moran was 21 years old when she married congressman Antonio R. Floirendo, Jr. of Davao City but after 30 years of marriage, they are now living separate lives.[7] They have 2 daughters, Monica Danielle and Gabrielle Antoinette.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d "Margie Moran Floirendo". Mindanao Commission on Women. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "For Margie Moran Floirendo, 60 is really the new 40". Philippine Daily Inquirer. September 22, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Pablo A. Tariman (December 2, 2012). "Alice Reyes, Margie Moran Floirendo on highs and lows of Ballet Philippines". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Miss Universe of 1973 feels everyone beautiful". The Montreal Gazette. July 23, 1973. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Past Titleholders". Miss Universe. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ Todd Lucero Sales (June 2008). "PHILIPPINE POLITICS AND ITS GENEALOGY". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c CRAZY QUILT by Tanya T. Lara (March 14, 2010). "Margie Moran-Floirendo on beauty queens, marriage and separation". The Philippine Star. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ Tony Paat. "BINIBINING PILIPINAS IN THE 70's". Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Miss Universe Title Won By Filipino Beauty Queen". Herald-Journal. July 22, 1973. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ Jude Cartalaba (April 14, 2013). "Margie Moran lauds new pageant hopefuls". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Margie Moran-Floirendo". Habitat for Humanity Philippines. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Nino Calamba (January 17, 2012). "Monica and Gabbi Moran Floirendo’s Special Celebration". Mindanao Times. Retrieved October 13, 2013. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Australia Kerry Anne Wells
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
Spain Amparo Muñoz
Preceded by
Barbara Crespo
Binibining Pilipinas-Universe
Succeeded by
Guadalupe Sanchez