Ms. Universe 1st Runner-Up, Miriam Quiambao-Roberto is not new to the limelight. Having won our hearts in 1999 when she tripped on stage during the Ms. Universe pre-pageant and quickly regaining composure, she transitioned from pageantry to show business just as swiftly as she recovered from her fall.
“I guess the judges took notice of how I reacted because I was able to get up immediately after I slipped on stage. I guess somehow that’s how I got remembered.” Miriam shared.
She may have fallen short in winning the crown, but her pageant stint opened many doors for her. She started as an anchor-host in the early morning TV show Unang Hirit and other shows, even starred in a significant number of sitcoms and movies. Despite this, she felt unfulfilled even at the height of her career. Moreover, she eventually found herself on a downward spiral which hurt her in all aspects in her life.
“I found myself in a messy divorce, I was also scammed off my life savings, my career was going nowhere, and I was in the middle of a controversy. So I began asking myself, before fame and fortune, what was most important to me?”
She found the answer and meaning she was searching for in 2008 when a friend shared to her the gospel of Jesus Christ. She surrendered her life to Him and in doing so, her life was transformed.
“Ever since I surrendered my life to Jesus, even my idea of success, my outlook in life, as well as my priorities have changed. Before that, worldly wealth was really important to me. But success is not just worldly success, owning possessions, achieving one worldly accomplishment after another. Success is really doing God’s purpose and living for His purpose.”
Currently, Miriam carries her battle scars with pride and shares her story to inspire others. As host of the 700 Club, author, and inspirational speaker, she hopes to inspire people to renew their relationship with God.
With the strength to get up from a fall and grace to humbly accept trials and failures, she showed the world a thing or two about faith in adversity—and this is the kind of fortitude that’s made in the Philippines.
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