‘I am the gay cousin’: Miel Pangilinan comes out as LGBTQ+ member

Miel Pangilinan surprised many when she came out that she is a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Miel, 17, is the second child of Megastar Sharon Cuneta and Senator Kiko Pangilinan.


Miel Pangilinan admitted her true sexual orientation via Instagram post last night, June 14, 2022.

Enclosed are photos of her holding the rainbow flag of the LGBTQ+ community.

Miel timed its revelation to the month of June, Gay Pride month, so it became historic for her.


She said in her Instagram post: “This June, I am celebrating my first pride month as openly and publicly queer.

“I really can’t figure out the words to say right now. it’s a really emotional and freeing time right now, and I’m endlessly thankful to my close friends and family who have supported me and shown me love as I’ve grown and explored my own gender and sexual identity.”

Miel Pangilinan added, “I know it sounds silly, but posting this truly feels cathartic. I’ve spent so many sleepless nights over the span of much of my childhood and teenage life worrying and wondering about a plethora of things surrounding my identity, and it only feels right that I post this at the point I’m in now where I’m comfortable enough in who I am and who I love and how I choose to present. it’s kind of a full circle moment for me, in a way.


Miel Pangilinan comes out as LGBTQ+ member

“I’m also incredibly thankful that I am able to safely celebrate my identity this year, as I know there are many of people in this country that don’t have the same privilege. We’ve got a long way to go in terms of our fight for equality, but that is not to discredit the work and sacrifices made by queer Filipinos throughout history and in the present day, who have done so much to make our voices heard and have helped us go farther than where we were before.”

“I’ve also got a lot to learn and understand as a newer member of the Filipino queer community, and I’m trying my best to educate myself on current situations and present issues relating to gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights in our country, and I am always open to learn as much as I can especially from other figures in our community.

“Happiest and safest of pride months, allies and members of the queer community alike.”

Miel Pangilinan ended, “and yes i am the gay cousin.”

Her sister Frankie Pangilinan strongly supported Miel’s coming out, based on her comments in her sister’s post.

Frankie even managed to joke that she was surprised when Miel Pangilnan came out.

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