Miriam Quiambao

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Miriam Quiambao
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Miriam Redito Quiambao
(1975-05-20) May 20, 1975 (age 39)
Quezon City, Philippines
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Hair color Black
Eye color Black
Title(s) Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1999
Major
competition(s)
Binibining Pilipinas 1999
(Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1999)[note 1]
Miss Universe 1999
(1st Runner Up)
(Best Hair/Style Award)

Miriam Redito Quiambao is a Filipina television personality, occasional actress and a former beauty queen.

Born in Quezon City to Magdalena Redito of Oas, Albay and Medgardo Quiambao of Bacacay, Albay on May 20, 1975, she is the first of two children. She attended the School of the Holy Spirit during her elementary and high school years and went for her collegiate studies at the University of Santo Tomas where she obtained her degree in physical therapy. She is also a licensed Physical Therapist for the state of Indiana in the United States. Before her Binibining Pilipinas stint, Quiambao had a thriving career as a therapist for St. Luke's Hospital in Manila. Also, she worked as an instructor for a local gym.

Binibining Pilipinas[edit]

In 1999, Quiambao joined the Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) pageant. She received several awards, including Miss Photogenic, but in the end managed to capture the Binibining Pilipinas-World title.

However, controversy soon erupted when the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe titleholder Janelle Bautista was dethroned due to questionable citizenship.

Quiambao was then asked to take over the title and be the Philippine representative to the 1999 Miss Universe pageant to be held that year in Trinidad and Tobago. Binibining Pilipinas-International Lalaine Edson took over Quiambao's previous title.

Miss Universe 1999[edit]

Before arriving at the host country, Quiambao trained in Venezuela under the guidance of Osmel Sousa for a week.

Quiambao was one of the strongest and most visible contenders for the crown. She consistently placed second during the pageant's preliminaries and bested a composite score of 9.52, just trailing behind the score of Sonia Raciti, the South African candidate. At the semifinals, she once again placed second overall in the swimsuit and evening gown competitions, racking up scores as high as 9.32 and 9.42 respectively. It was Spain's candidate, Diana Nogueira that dominated the semifinals with a marginal lead over Quiambao of 9.33 for the swimsuit event and 9.45 for the evening gown competition.

The fall[edit]

During the preliminary round of the evening gown competition, Quiambao slipped and fell on stage. As she walked, the heel of one of her shoes got caught in the trail of her evening gown and she slipped on the floor. Despite this incident she collected herself, regained composure, walked graciously, finished her walk, and drew applause from the audience. At the finals, Quiambao referred to the incident during an interview portion. She said "she felt she represented those women who have fallen both on and off the stage" and hopes to be "an example to the rest of the women in the world".

Final results[edit]

Early at the competition she received the Clairol Herbal Essences Style Award, the only Asian candidate at the pageant to do so. She was called as one of the final three delegates, alongside Misses Botswana and Spain. Quiambao faltered during the final question, which tackled the debate of whether a Miss Universe should continue her reign even if she gets pregnant. Spain's Diana Nogueira placed as 2nd Runner-Up. It all came down to Philippines' Quiambao and Botswana's Mpule Kwelagobe, and in the end, Quiambao placed as 1st Runner-Up, with Kwelagobe winning the Miss Universe title.

After Miss Universe[edit]

After her triumphant stint at the pageant, Quiambao began a new career working as a TV Host/Correspondent for GMA Network back in the Philippines. In December 1999, she co-hosted "Unang Hirit" with Arnold Clavio, Lyn Ching, Suzi Entrata, Micky Ferriols and Ryan Agoncillio. Quiambao hosted a lifestyle segment of the show called "Istayl".

Quiambao then joined Paolo Bediones on hosting the show "Extra Extra!". The show eventually evolved into a reality program called "Extra Challenge". Upon leaving the show in Dec 2003, a nationwide search was made for her replacement. She briefly hosted "All About You", a show about women and good values, and fulfilled her dream of having her own talk show.

In January 2004, she got married to Italian businessman Claudio Rondinelli but the two-year marriage eventually fell apart and Quiambao went back to her native country in 2006. She resumed her TV hosting career, working alongside again with Paolo Bediones, this time presenting a travel show, "Pinoy Meets World".

She also co-host for the show "Palaban" on GMA 7 with Winnie Monsod and Malou Mangahas tackling current events, socio-economic and political issues in the Philippines in 2007. Also, she is host for QTV 11's "Dahil Sa Iyong Paglisan", a made for TV show highlighting the experiences, trials and success of Overseas Filipino Workers.

In the first year anniversary of "100% Pinoy", Quiambao was one of the new host together with Joaquin Valdez. She was also the co-host for "The Beat" on QTV with journalist/newscaster Ivan Mayrina.

On the second half of the year 2009, she goes to test her acting skills by appearing in a Philippine horror movie Patient X as the Nurse Betty and the comedy movie KimmyDora as Gertrude. Once again, she appeared on television through the TV Series Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo as Aludra, the guest villain for the series. In 2011, she played Josie/Alonah in the Fantasy series Bangis on TV5. She currently plays "Maxene" in notable sitcom The Jose and Wally show on TV5.

Controversy[edit]

Quiambao caught the ire of the LGBT community in the Philippines [2] in early 2012 when she expressed her feelings toward homosexuality while being a guest on the current affairs talk show The Bottomline with Boy Abunda. It was followed by her taking her stand to Twitter, tweeting, "Homosexuality is not a sin but it is a lie from the devil." Her words have caused a huge backlash with openly gay Filipino celebrities and the rest of the entertainment industry criticizing her for such a "closed-minded" statement. She has since apologized for "not being sensitive" with her choice of words via Twitter.

Other notable credits and appearances[edit]

  • Celebrity Endorser for the following products: Olay Total Effects, Olay Body Soap, Mister Donut, Cream Silk, Lactacyd, Lip Out Fiber Food Supplement TV advertisements.
  • Celebrity endorser for the Worldvision Development Foundation since 2000 to present. Advocate for Education and Children's Rights. Advocate against Child Labor for the year 2006-2007.
  • Events emcee for the Gusi Peace Prize Awards in 2010, Star Awards for TV in 2010 and other corporate events
  • "Showtime"- guest judge
  • "Magpakailanman" on GMA 7; acting role as "Nelia Sancho"
  • "Matakot Ka Sa Karma" (2006); a cameo role as a Socialite; directed by Jose Javier Reyes
  • "Walang Kapalit" (2003); acting role as "Celine"; directed by Joel Lamangan
  • "Broken Hearts Club" (2009); comedy-drama; as "Felice" directed by Joey Reyes
  • Various TV program appearances on ABS-CBN2, GMA 7, QTV 11, TV5 shows
  • Various hosting stints for corporate events
  • Actively participant in fashion shows and modeling gigs
  • Frequent cover girl for various magazines, often the subject of editorials as well
  • Played Alondra in the 2010 TV Series Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Role Result
2010 Aliw Awards Best Emcee Live Events Host/Presenter Won
2010 Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actress Kimmy Dora Gertrude Nominated
2008 Aliw Awards Best Female Host Title 100% Pinoy Host Won
2007 Star Awards Best Travel Show Host Pinoy Meets World Host Won
2002 PMPC Star Awards Best Morning Show Host Unang Hirit Host Won
2001 PMPC Star Awards Best Morning Show Host Unang Hirit Host Won
  • Most Outstanding Bicolana Award, Ibalong 1999
  • Most Outstanding Alumna Award, UST 1999
  • Millennium Men and Women Award, Evian 1999
  • Clairol Herbal Essences Award, Miss Universe Pageant 1999
  • First Runner-Up, Miss Universe 1999
  • Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1999

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2011–2012 The Jose and Wally Show Starring Vic Sotto Maxene TV5
2011 Bangis Josie/Alonah TV5 Second Lead
2011 Tanikala;Panata Gory Mendoza The Asia Holy Week Horror Special Lead
2011 I Dare You (Philippine TV series) Herself ABS-CBN Kapamilya Challenger
2010 Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo Aludra ABS-CBN Villain
2010 Showtime Herself ABS-CBN Guest Judge
2010 Five Star Special Felice TV5 episode "Broken Hearts Club
2007-2008 The Beat Host QTV Anchor host with Ivan Mayrina
2007-2008 100% Pinoy Host GMA Network Anchor host with Joquin Valdez
2006-2007 Palaban Herself/Co-Host GMA Network Anchor Host
2006 Dahil Sa Iyong Paglisan Herself/Host QTV Anchor Host
2006-2007 Pinoy Meets World Herself/Host GMA Network Achor co-host with Paolo Bediones
2004 Magpakailanman: The Miriam Quiambao Story Miriam Quiambao GMA Network Lead Role
2003-2004 All About You Herself/Host GMA Network Anchor host of the Sunday lifestyle talk show
2003 Sa Di Inaasahang Pagkakataon - GMA Network Lead Role with Bong Revilla
2003 Magpakailanman: The Nelia Sancho Story Nelia Sancho GMA Network Lead Role
2003 Extra Challenge Herself/Host GMA Network Achor host with Paolo Bediones
2000-2003 Extra-Extra Herself/Host GMA Network Anchor host with Paolo Bediones
1999-2002 Unang Hirit Herself/Host GMA Network Live Morning show anchor host with Arnold Clavio, Suzi Entrata, Lyn Ching, Rhea Santos, Love Anover, etc

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role Film Production Notes
2013 Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel Gertrude Spring Films Supporting Actress
2012 Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme Gertrude Spring Films/Star Cinema Supporting Actress
2011 Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi Atty. Lilly Vargas Octo-Arts Films/Star Cinema Supporting Actress
2009 Patient X (film) Nurse Betty GMA Films Supporting Actress
2009 Kimmy Dora: Kambal Sa Kiyeme Gertrude Star Cinema Supporting Actress
2003 Walang Kapalit Celine Supporting Actress

Modeling/commercials

  • Olay Total Effects, Celebrity Endorser (2006–present)
  • Olay Body Soap (June 2008 – present)
  • Lip Out, Fiber Food Supplement (September–October 2010)
  • Calayan Facial Center (August 2008-December 2009)
  • Clear Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Celebrity Endorser (2007–2008)
  • Worldvision Special Project: ABK Initiative Celebrity Advocate – bringing child laborers out of work into education (2006–2008)
  • Worldvision Development Foundation celebrity endorser (2001 to present)
  • Mister Donut, Image model (2002–2004)
  • Lactacyd, Image Model (2000–2001)
  • Creamsilk Conditioner, Image Model (1999–2000)

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

note 1 Quiambao was originally Binibining Pilipinas-World, but became Binibining Pilipinas-Universe after the titleholder, Janelle Bautista, was dethroned

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Venezuela Veruska Ramirez
Miss Universe 1st Runner-Up
1999
Succeeded by
Venezuela Claudia Moreno
Preceded by
Janelle Bautista

(original winner, dethroned)

Binibining Pilipinas-Universe
1999
Succeeded by
Nina Ricci Alagao