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Posted on April 29, 2021

Get to know MGI 2020 1st Runner Up Samantha Bernardo

It has been more than a month since Miss Grand International 2020 1st Runner-Up Samantha Bernardo captured the hearts and minds of the whole world after her outstanding performance at the Miss Grand International pageant held in Thailand last March 27.

Samantha is still in Thailand, taking a much-deserved break after the pageant. While everyone is waiting for the homecoming of our newest Binibining Pilipinas pride, we’re here to share with you some interesting tidbits about this Pinay beauty!

Here are a few things that you may not know about Samantha Bernardo!

  1. She can surely work those heels

Samantha captivated the world with her “GRANDnada” Walk! But did you know that aside from her signature strut, Samantha can do some amazing things while wearing her heels? She shares that she can do a split, cartwheel, and backbending all while wearing her signature heels! Now that’s a feat!

  1. She started her career in hotels

Samantha was originally a hotelier by profession. This was something that she really wanted to pursue as a career as she graduated with a degree of BS Hospitality Management from Palawan State University. According to Samantha, she loves this job because she’s able to interact with people from all backgrounds and hear their stories.

  1. She has an interest in the third kind

Space has always piqued the imagination and curiosity of mankind for centuries. And Samantha is one of those who have gained great interest in the secrets of the universe. She shares that she spends some of her downtime watching films and documentaries about aliens and distant worlds.

  1. She’s a decorated athlete

We’ve already said that Samantha has a background in gymnastics, but did you know that she was so good at it that she’s won several medals? That’s right! At the early age of eight years old, she was able to take home the overall championship title for Rhythmic Gymnastics! She also won five gold medals at a regional athletic meet in Region IV-B! Who knows, if she chose a different path, she might have worn an Olympic medal instead of a crown?

  1. She aspires to live with no regrets

Samantha’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 31:25 and it says, “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Aspiring to live by this verse, Samantha aims to live life to fullest so that she can inspire others to live with no regrets.

  1. She’s a foodie

Samantha shares that she has a deep passion for food! According to Sam, one of her all-time favorite dishes is Bulalo. And that she has a special place in her heart for seafood. As for dessert, it’d be hard for Samantha to say no to some delectable chocolate pudding and cupcakes! Well what can we say? Same, Samantha, same.

  1. She’s a folk dancer

Each and every step of Samantha on the stage is undeniably captivating. From Binibining Pilipinas to Miss Grand International, she carried a level of poise, grace, and artistry that caughteveryone’s attention. According to Samantha, she got it all from her previous experience as a folk dancer. Performing some of our most important cultural dances has really given Samantha the edge on an international pageant stage.

  1. She’s passionate about putting an end to malaria

Malaria is a disease which has affected many lives and caused the death of so many Filipinos. According to the Department of Health, though we have made terrific progress in controlling the spread of the disease, seven provinces still have local transmissions of this dreaded disease, and Palawan has more than 90 percent of the total cases in the country. As a Palaweña, the cause of malaria eradication is close to the heart of Samantha. That’s why she now serves as a Spokesperson for Malaria Free Philippines with the DOH and KilusanLigtas Malaria. For Samantha, the dream of a Malaria-Free Philippines by 2030 is an important goal, especially as it would directly impact the lives of Filipinos and improve the quality of life of so many people. With a passion to make a difference, Samantha is proving that she is the Queen for the people.

To keep updated about Samantha and her future plans you may follow her on Instagram at @samanthabernardo or subscribe to her YouTube channel. For more information about Binibining Pilipinas, visit You may also like and follow them on Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram pages

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