Margarita Moran-Floirendo

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Margarita Moran-Floirendo
Margie Moran Miss Universe 2016.jpg
Moran in 2017
Born Maria Margarita Roxas Moran
(1953-09-15) 15 September 1953 (age 65)
Manila, Philippines
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Title Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1973
Miss Universe 1973
Spouse(s) Antonio R. Floirendo,Jr.
Children Monica Danielle
Gabrielle Antoinette
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Binibining Pilipinas 1973
(Winner- Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1973)
Miss Universe 1973
(Miss Photogenic)

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]


Commemorative stamp featuring Filipino winners of the Miss Universe pageant including Moran herself (center).

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 federal University of London, awarded through the School of Oriental and African Studies.[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] In January 2018, Moran was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as member of the Board of Trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She was elected as the cultural agency's chairperson in April 2018.[13]

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.[14]


  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. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "CCP welcomes Margie Moran as new chairperson". ABS-CBN News. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  14. ^ 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