Ghenesis Padilla-Dalayday Latugat, 22, of Baguio City, Philippines is one of the 50 women vying for the Miss Universe Philippines 2022 crown. Only 30 of them will be selected to compete in the coronation night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 30, 2022.
Miss Universe Philippines 2022
Whoever wins Miss Universe Philippines 2022 has big shoes to fill. If she is unplaced at Miss Universe 2022, it will end the Philippines’ 12-year winning streak in Miss Universe.
Beatrice Luigi Gomez, 27, of Cebu City, Philippines was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2021 at the Henann Resort Convention Center in Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol, Philippines on September 30, 2021. She finished in the Top 5 at Miss Universe 2021 at the Universe Dome in Eilat, Israel on December 13, 2021.
Currently based in Baguio City, Latugat is originally from Tabuk City, Kalinga, Philippines. Her father Gerbacio Latugat is from Guilayon, Tabuk City while her mother Elenita Dalayday is from Cudal, Tabuk City.
After graduating from Tabuk City National High School, Ghenesis finished senior high school at the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City where she studied science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Her first beauty pageant title was Miss Tabuk City National High School 2014.
Ghenesis went on to compete in various local beauty pageants. She was was Miss St. Joseph – Innandilla 2015 second runner-up, Miss Tabuk City Agriculture 2016, Miss Silka 2016, Miss Baguio 2016 fourth runner-up, Miss Cordillera Queen of Festivals 2016 and Miss Sophie La Trinidad 2017 second runner-up.
In 2018, Latugat enrolled at Saint Louis University in Baguio City to pursue a bachelor’s degree in architecture. On October 16, 2021, she was crowned Miss Baguio City 2021 and Miss Lafaayette 2021.
Miss Universe Philippines 2020
Amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the inaugural edition of Miss Universe Philippines was held in Baguio City. A total of 46 women competed for the crown including Bea Theresa Maynigo, then 24, who represented the city.
On October 25, 2020, Rabiya Mateo, then 24, of Iloilo City was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2020 at the Cordillera Convention Hall of Baguio Country Club in Baguio City. She finished in the Top 21 at Miss Universe 2020 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, United States.
Miss Universe’s Armi Kuusela, Zorayda Andam
Armi Helena Kuusela of Finland was 17 years old when she was crowned as the first ever Miss Universe in Long Beach, California, United States on June 28, 1952. Months after her coronation, she visited Baguio City where she met Virgilio “Gil” Hilario, then 25, who became her husband.
Zorayda Ruth Andam of Baguio City was 24 years old when she represented the Philippines at Miss Universe 2001 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on May 11, 2001. She was unplaced but she was runner-up to the Best in National Costume winner.