Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Former Miss Tourism International Succumbs To Cancer At 25

Rizzini Alexis Gomez, third from left, was named Miss Tourism during the 2012 Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant.

Former beauty queen Rizzini Alexis Gomez passed away on Tuesday at the age of 25 due to lung cancer.

She is the daughter of former Alaska guard and University of Cebu coach Roehl Gomez, who confirmed the news to friends in the basketball community.

The younger Gomez was named Miss Tourism during the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012 grand coronation night before winning the Miss Tourism International title that year.

Later, she served as muse for Alaska for the PBA's opening ceremonies in 2013. Shortly afterwards, she was diagnosed with cancer.

Through former Roehl's former teammate Jojo Lastimosa, PBA stars came together last week for a benefit game in part to help out with her medical bills.

Lastimosa's wife Butchik told GMA News Online that Rizzini was brought to the intensive care unit on Monday. They received sad news of her demise in the morning.

Rizzini's ordeal came as a surprise to those close to her family.

"Parang aggressive yung cancer ni Rizzi, it spread fast," said Butchik, who added that the beauty queen had just turned 25 last August.

In 2012, Rizzini was featured on Saksi after her victory in the international pageant.

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