TACLOBAN CITY – The mother of Eastern Samar candidate to the Miss Universe Philippines Airissh Ramos asked for help and prayers from her supporters and followers for her daughter to advance to the finals.

Thelma Ramos said that it will be a great pride for their town of Arteche and the rest of the region if her daughter will make it in this year’s Miss Universe Philippines which is slated on May 13.

“I’m really excited and thankful that my daughter is getting recognized and noticed at the pageant,” she said.

“I’m appealing to her supporters to help her make it and pray for her to be part of the finalists,” the proud mother added.

The Miss Universe Philippines is scheduled to crown its new queen this May 13. The winner will replace the reigning MUPh titleholder Celeste Cortesi and will compete in El Salvador for the Miss Universe title.

This is the first time Airissh joined a national pageant although she joined local pageants in the past.

In 2021, she was crowned as Miss Arteche, and in the same year she bagged 1st runner-up at the Bb. Silangan Samar Turismo.

In 2022, she was the 1st runner-up for the oldest beauty pageant in the region, the Miss Pintados.

For the MUPh 2023, Airissh was also named as among the top five winners on the photoshoot challenge as she also emerged as the winner on the national costume competition held in the city on May 4.

Meantime, Airissh expressed her gratitude to her gown designer John Hubert Capito and to those who helped him, particularly the students of the Oras National High School, Oras, also in Eastern Samar.

“This is a fruit of love. This is for Hubert and the young creatives of Eastern Samar who once found it impossible for their creations to take on the national stage. This journey will always and forever be for you and about you, Eastern Samar,” she said.

The beauty queen admitted that at first, she was adamant to join the Miss Universe Philippines but eventually submitted her application.

“When I got a call from our priest encouraging me to join MUPH, I didn’t fully understand then why, I was even hesitant to heed the call. After days of praying and introspection, I submitted my online application with just one goal in mind—to showcase the talent and culture of the Waray,” she said.

Incidentally, aside from Airish, two others from the region, Kimberly Escartin of Southern Leyte and Layla Adriatico of Northern Samar, are also competing for the title.