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BUeño is TOP 16 of Teen Universe 2024

May 8, 2024

Angel Brahms Malavega Bernaldez, a 19-year-old first-year student at Bicol University (BU), made it to the top 16 of the 13th edition of Teen Universe 2023 pageant in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on April 29, 2024. 

Teen Universe is an International pageant that serves as a platform for young Teens to showcase not only their external beauty but also their talents, intellect, and inner strength, emphasizing character, leadership, and empowerment among teens worldwide 

Reigning and breaking boundaries

Growing up in Brgy. Pawa Legazpi city, angel faced bullying in her elementary days, due to her morena skin tone and natural curly hair.

Driven by self- consciousness she never pictured being part of a big competition. 

In an interview with Ako Bikol, angel shares about her unexpected journey to international teen universe “hindi ko sya na picture out na life ko after a few years so unexpected sya pero at the same time masaya ako kasi nung nag start ako na gawin na siya parang mas marami din akong nainspire na mga bata”.

Bernaldez was her parents’ only child. She was supported by her family through her journey in the world of pageantry.

At her young age, she already has an impressive collection of titles, including Super Model International Philippines, Ms. Rapu-Rapu 2022, and Ms. Pacific Heartthrob 2023.

Adding to his achievements, she was crowned as the first-ever Ms. Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in October 2023.  

In an interview with Ako bikol TV, her mother said, “ako nag train sa kanya sa enot na pasarela hanggang sa namuyahan niya na, sige niyang adal sige niyang research ng Q and A aram ko man na gigibuhon niya ang best niya para i-represent ang country.” |  by Lea Loureen M. Kaibigan, BUCPRO Intern

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