Maricar Balagtas

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Maricar Balagtas
Born Maricar Manalaysay Balagtas
(1983-07-29) 29 July 1983 (age 33)
Plaridel, Bulacan, Philippines
Known for Binibining Pilipinas 2000
Binibining Pilipinas 2001
(2nd runner-up)
Binibining Pilipinas 2004
(winner- Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2004)
(Miss Creamsilk Beauty)
(Bb. Philippine Airlines)
(Miss Red Bull Supreme Energy)
(Miss Internet)
Miss Globe International 2001
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Hair color Black
Eye color Hazelnut

Maricar Manalaysay Balagtas (born 29 July 1983), of the Philippines, is the first Filipino delegate to win the Miss Globe International title in 2001,[1] and represented the Philippines in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant.

A native of Plaridel, Bulacan, she graduated from Harvard University with a major in communications.

Maricar first gained national attention upon competing in the Binibining Pilipinas Pageant three times (2000, 2001 and 2004). In her first attempt she was unplaced and on the second attempt she placed 2nd runner-up, hence, was sent to represent the country in the Miss Globe International in Istanbul, Turkey, in the same year and win. In 2004 she joined Binibining Pilipinas again and eventually won Binibining Pilipinas Universe title.[2]

She was chosen to represent the country in the Miss Universe 2004 in Quito, Ecuador. She was unplaced in the finals.

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  1. ^ Filipinas. Filipinas Pub. 2002. p. 55. 
  2. ^ The Tribune. Sunday, March 7, 2004
Preceded by
Joan Chópite
Miss Globe International
Succeeded by
Jennifer Schooler
Preceded by
Carla Balingit
Binibining Pilipinas Universe
Succeeded by
Gionna Cabrera