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Gemma Teresa Guerrero Cruz is the very first Filipina to win a major international beauty contest. Gemma won the title of Miss International Beauty on August 14, 1964 in Long Beach, California. The Filipinos had not fully recovered yet from the fourth place win of Lalaine Bennett at the Miss Universe Beauty contest the previous year when another Filipina captured world attention again by being named Miss International Beauty. She donated the US$10,000 prize money she won as Miss International to Boys Town and Girls Home, a place where indigent and out of school youth are housed in Marikina City in the Philippines. This led Congress to pass a resolution to exempt her from paying taxes. Her paternal great-grandmother was Doña Maria Rizal, the sister of the Philippine's national hero, Jose P. Rizal. Her mother is author Carmen Guerrero Nakpil and her uncle is author Leon Maria Guerrero.

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