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Laguna’s Sonja Jeyn Tanyag fighting for Miss Universe Philippines 2022 crown


Sonja Jeyn Tanyag, 23, of San Pablo, Laguna, 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.


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.


Sonja Jeyn Tanyag

Tanyag is the eldest granddaughter of Oscar L. Chiam and Vicky Chiam. They are all alumni of Laguna College in San Pablo.

In 2018, Tanyag graduated cum laude from De La Salle Lipa in Lipa City, Batangas where she earned her bachelor’s degree in tourism and travel services management. She was an intern at the Philippine Department of Tourism in Makati City, Metro Manila from February 2018 to April 2018 and at the Pusod Taal Lake Conservation Center in Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas from March 2018 to April 2018.

From June 2018 to November 2018, Tanyag worked for Omni Hotels and Resorts as a banquet server. She worked there as a hostess from November 2018 to May 2019.

Aside from travel and tourism, Tanyag is also into singing and acrylic painting. She describes herself as resourceful, hardworking and goal-oriented.


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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