Philippines Babylyn Decena-Newfield Wins Miss Grandma Universal 2016 in Bulagaria

Philippines bet Babylyn Decena-Newfield was crowned winner of Miss Grandma Universal 2016 held in Sofia, Bulagaria last January 21.


The 48-year-old widow from Alabang, Muntinlupa, was the first Filipina to compete in the international beauty contest with 50 other grandmothers from around the world.

“Being an ideal grandmother is not all about taking care of your grandchildren but also showing other people and the universe that we, at our age, can still be competitive in every goal and objectives that we will set in life, whether personal or professionally,” Decena said upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday, January 24.

“I will be the voice of all grandmothers. They said that grandmothers have no equality and opportunity compared to the younger generations. We will work hard… patience and determination are secrets in life that make us successful.

“When my husband passed away, I assumed the role of sole parent to my children. I went through adjustment because I also have a business to run and that is our daily bread and butter. Being a mother, grandmother and a business woman, it was really hard but with the help of my associates, peers and inspiration from my family, I was able to pull it through,” she added.

Aside from winning the title, Newfield also won the best national costume award.