Margarita Moran-Floirendo

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Margarita Moran-Floirendo
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss Universe 2017 stampsheet of the Philippines.jpg
Margie Moran (middle) with Gloria Diaz (left) and Pia Wurtzbach (right)
Born Maria Margarita Roxas Moran
(1953-09-15) 15 September 1953 (age 63)
Manila, Philippines
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1973
Miss Universe 1973
Binibining Pilipinas 1973
(Winner- Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1973)
Miss Universe 1973
(Miss Photogenic)
Spouse Antonio R. Floirendo,Jr.
Children Monica Danielle
Gabrielle Antoinette

Maria Margarita Roxas Moran-Floirendo or locally known as Margie Moran (born 15 September 1953 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino 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 years after Gloria Diaz.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Margie Moran graduated high school in St. Theresa's College [6] and attended college at Maryknoll College (now Miriam College). Prior to joining the Miss Universe pageant, she modeled part-time for the fashion designer, Auggie Cordero. She is a granddaughter of Manuel Roxas, 5th President of the Philippines.[7][8]


She won the right to represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant in Athens, Greece after winning the Binibining Pilipinas competition in 1973.[9] 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.[10] She is one of the 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 Maryknoll College and Boston University[1] and took her masters at the University of London.[8] 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.[11][12]

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 Del Norte but after 30 years of marriage, they are now living separate lives.[8] They have 2 daughters, Monica Danielle and Gabrielle Antoinette.[13]


  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. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Margie’s Art of Human Kindness". 2014-10-01. Retrieved 2016-03-10. 
  7. ^ Sales, Todd Lucero (June 2008). "PHILIPPINE POLITICS AND ITS GENEALOGY". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Tony Paat. "BINIBINING PILIPINAS IN THE 70's". Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Miss Universe Title Won By Filipino Beauty Queen". Herald-Journal. July 22, 1973. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ Jude Cartalaba (April 14, 2013). "Margie Moran lauds new pageant hopefuls". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Margie Moran-Floirendo". Habitat for Humanity Philippines. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ 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
Philippines 1973
Succeeded by
Spain Amparo Muñoz
Preceded by
Barbara Crespo
Binibining Pilipinas Universe
Succeeded by
Guadalupe Sanchez