Miriam Quiambao speaks at the Women’s March for Climate Action in Bangkok preceding the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference
|Born||Miriam Redito Quiambao
May 20, 1975
Quezon City, Philippines
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Title||Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1999|
(previously Roman Catholicism or New Age)
|Spouse(s)||Claudio Rondinelli (m. 2004; separation 2006)
Eduardo "Ardy" Roberto, Jr. (m. 2014)
Miriam Redito Quiambao-Roberto (born May 20, 1975) is a Filipino inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur, actress, television host, real estate broker, endorser, model, and former beauty queen.
Quiambao was born on May 20, 1975 in Quezon City to Medgardo Quiambao of Pampanga and Magdalena (née Redito) of Albay and is the first of two children. She attended the School of the Holy Spirit of Quezon City 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.
As Beauty Queen
In 1999, Quiambao joined the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. She received several awards, including Miss Photogenic, but in the end managed to capture the Binibining Pilipinas World 1999 title. However, controversy soon erupted when the Binibining Pilipinas Universe titleholder Janelle Bautista was dethroned due to questionable citizenship. She was then asked to take over the title and be the Philippine representative to the Miss Universe 1999 pageant to be held that year in Trinidad and Tobago. Binibining Pilipinas International 1999, Lalaine Edson took over Quiambao's previous title.
Miss Universe 1999
Before arriving at the host country, Quiambao trained in Venezuela under the guidance of Osmel Sousa for a week.
She 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.
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".
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 Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana win the Miss Universe 1999 title.
Television and Showbiz Career
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!, which 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 the Philippines 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 became the host for QTV 11's "Dahil Sa Iyong Paglisan", a made for TV show highlighting the experiences, trials and success of Overseas Filipino Workers.
During the first year anniversary of 100% Pinoy, she 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 went on to test her acting skills by appearing in a Philippine horror movie Patient X as the Nurse Betty and the comedy movie Kimmy Dora 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 played as "Maxene" in notable sitcom The Jose and Wally Show on TV5. In that same year, she had a cameo role as Ryan Agoncillo's boss for the movie House Husband: Ikaw Na!.
Quiambao was criticized by the LGBT community in the Philippines in early 2012 over remarks she made about 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 a Twitter post, saying: "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 on a Twitter post.
Other notable credits and appearances
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- 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
Quiambao was previously married to Italian businessman Claudio Rondinelli in 2004 and lived with him in Hong Kong. Their marriage ended in divorce in 2006. In 2013, she got engaged to previously-widower boyfriend Eduardo "Ardy" Roberto, Jr., a Christian author and motivational speaker. The couple got married on March 25, 2014.
Quiambao wrote her first book, He Can Catch You When You Fall, which tells a story of her life full of hope and second chances. It was published in 2015.
|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
|2016||Encantadia||Queen Merida of Carcero||GMA Network||Guest Role|
|A1 Ko Sa 'Yo||Herself||Episode Role|
|2015||Bulaga Pa More: Videoke Pa More!||Herself/Contestant/Grand Winner|
|2015||Second Chances||Alyssa Cortez-Villacorta||Supporting Cast|
|2011–2012||The Jose and Wally Show Starring Vic Sotto||Maxene||TV5|
|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||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 Joaquin 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|
|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|
- "The 1999 Miss Universe Pageant". Miriam Quiambao TripodStar.
- "Miriam Quiambao's life story now a book". The Standard. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Miriam Quiambao Biography - PINOYSTOP". PinoyStop. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/358485/miriam-quiambao-apologizes-lgbt-community-over-remarks-homosexuality-and-religion. Missing or empty
- Lozano-Puyo, Hariette. "FilamStar - Miriam Quiambao rises from her falls". www.filamstar.net. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Miriam Quiambao: I was suicidal". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Press Release: Miriam Quiambao's life story now officially a book - CSM Publishing Blog". csmblog.csm-publishing.org. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
note 1 Quiambao was originally Binibining Pilipinas-World, but became Binibining Pilipinas-Universe after the titleholder, Janelle Bautista, was dethroned
- Quiambao's Official Website 
- Quiambao's Multiply Page 
- Miriam Quiambao at the Internet Movie Database
- Tribute Page
- Article on Her Marriage.
- abs-cbnnews.com, Ex-beauty queen files raps at NBI
|Awards and achievements|
(original winner, dethroned)
|Binibining Pilipinas Universe
Nina Ricci Alagao