Miss Mela Habijan is the first-ever Miss Trans Global.
A writer by profession, she served as a writer for the Philippines’ largest media conglomerate, ABS-CBN. She has also contributed articles to Rappler, Esquire Philippines, and L’Officiel Manila. She also serves as a mentor to Campus Journalists of CALABARZON on Feature Writing.
She also takes pride as an actress, representing transgender women on TV and digital media. She made notable performances on GMA 7’s “Asawa Ko Karibal Ko” and iWant’s “Manilennials”.
An active voice of the Trans Filipina community, she has been championing education on SOGIE and trans identity, forwarding LGBQIA+ rights. She is a member of the Society of Transexual Women of the Philippines, Pantay Pilipinas, Love Yourself, and is affiliated with Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Philippine Financial Industry Pride.
A Communication graduate of Ateneo de Manila University in 2008 (Cum laude), she continues her passion for storytelling as a content creator — producing her digital talk show, “3Some”, her TikTok series “Mahalagang MELAman Mo”, and her Youtube content, “All Things T”.
In 2016, she broke barriers in politics when she ran for the City Council of Marikina in 2016. Her bold campaign slogan, “Bata. Bago. Bakla”, made waves and went viral on social media.
During and because of the pandemic. she launched her peanut butter brand, “Miss Mela’s Peanut Butter”.
Born, raised, and currently residing in Manila, she’s the eldest of 4 children of Irene and Erico, fond of pop culture, music, movies, and TV series, desires to follow the footsteps of Oprah, and dreams of having a family of her own.