Anjeanette Japor, 26, of Lucena, 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.
One of the sister cities of Baguio City is Lucena, which is geographically located in Quezon, Province but governmentally independent from the province. Lopez, Quezon is also one of the twin towns of Baguio City.
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.
Japor was born in Jakarta, Indonesia but she grew up in Lucena. She graduated magna cum laude from Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation in Lucena with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication.
On June 12, 2015, Japor hosted the 117th Philippine Independence Day celebration at the SM City in Lucena. From July 2015 to October 2017, she worked for FIS in Metro Manila as a product consultant.
From October 2017 to March 2021, Japor was an FIS sales executive and account manager. In March 2021, she joined London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) as a proposition sales manager.
Currently, Japor is based in Makati City, Metro Manila. Since February 2019, she has been working as a television host for RJTV, which also features her as a singer.
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.