- Miss Universe Singapore Bernadette Belle Ong was born in the Philippines
- She revealed that it was the Filipino community in Singapore who convinced her to join Miss Universe
- Aside from English, Belle is also fluent in Tagalog and conventional Mandarin
Miss Universe Singapore Bernadette Belle Ong revealed she was born and raised in the Philippines up until she was 11 years old.
Singapore’s bet for the upcoming Miss Universe proudly talked about her roots in her “Up Close” video for the pageant via their Facebook page. She admitted how she was born in the Philippines and is familiar with the Filipino culture.
“I actually came from the Philippines. I was born there up until the time I was 11 years old. In between that I was also living in Hong Kong for a year or two,” Belle said.
Her family migrated to Singapore in 2004 where she learned to act, model and host. She also admitted that it was the Filipino community in Singapore who urged her to join Miss Universe.
“Sila yung nagyaya sa akin na, ‘O, sige, i-try mo na ‘yung Miss Universe,’” she recalled.
Because of these experiences, Belle mentioned how her culture was shaped as she was growing up. She shared how she “was able to appreciate different roots of me being Filipino-Chinese but also being immigrated in some very modernized yet traditional-centric community which is what Singapore really is.”
The beauty queen is fluent in three languages, English, Tagalog, and conversational Mandarin. Belle spent two months in the Philippines to train for the Miss Universe competition.
Belle will be competing against our very own Rabiya Mateo at the 69th Miss Universe competition to be held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on May 16, 2021 (May 17 in Philippine time). You can watch it live via ABS-CBN’s coverage on A2Z channel 11.