Abigail Contreras Maclang, 23, of Malolos, Bulacan, 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.
Originally from Batangas City, Maclang entered Bulacan State University in Malolos in 2014 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. She was an English major.
Maclang was the communications head of Bulacan State University’s debate society from 2016 to 2018 and the editor-in-chief of the university’s official student publication from 2017 to 2018. In 2018, she graduated from the university.
From June 2018 to March 2020, Maclang worked for Montessori De Sagrada Familia, Inc. in Tangos, Baliuag, Bulacan as an English teacher. In July 2018, she became the chairperson of the Sangguniang Kabataan of Lugam, Malolos.
Currently, Maclang is based in Malolos. She is Binibining Bulacan-World 2020.
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.