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Iloilo City’s Dorothy Gemillan fighting for Miss Universe Philippines 2022 crown


Dorothy Marie P. Gemillan, 21, Iloilo City, Philippines is one of the 50 women vying for the Miss Universe Philippines 2022 crown. Among her competitors is Ghenesis Padilla-Dalayday Latugat, 22, who is representing Baguio City, Philippines.

Pavia, Iloilo is one of the twin towns of Baguio City. Iloilo City is the capital city of Iloilo but the city is politically independent from the province.


Miss Universe Philippines 2022

From 50 candidates, only 30 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. The winner has big shoes to fill because 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.


Dorothy Gemillan

Both of Gemillan’s parents are from Iloilo City. She completed a special program for the arts at the Iloilo National High School in Iloilo City.

Gemillan is 5’6″ tall. She is fluent in Hiligaynon, Filipino and English.

Representing La Paz, Iloilo City, Gemillan won Miss Iloilo-Universe 2022 at Richmonde Hotel at the Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City on January 22, 2022. She was crowned by Iloilo City’s very own Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo.

Currently, Gemillan is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Central Philippine University in Iloilo City. She is expected to graduate in 2023.


Armi Kuusela, Zorayda Andam, Rabiya Mateo

On June 28, 1952, Armi Helena Kuusela, then 17, of Finland was crowned as the first ever Miss Universe in Long Beach, California, United States. Months after her coronation, she visited Baguio City where she met Virgilio “Gil” Hilario, then 25, who became her husband.

On May 11, 2001, Zorayda Ruth Andam, then 24, of Baguio City was unplaced when she represented the Philippines at Miss Universe 2001 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Rabiya Mateo, then 24, of Iloilo City was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2020 in Baguio City on October 25, 2020 and finished in the Top 21 at Miss Universe 2020 in Hollywood, Florida, USA on May 17, 2021.

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