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Mandaue’s Isabel Luche fighting for Miss Universe Philippines 2022 crown

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Isabel Dalag Luche, 22, of Mandaue 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.

Mandaue is one of the sister cities of Baguio City. The former is geographically located in Cebu, Philippines but governmentally independent from the province.

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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.

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Isabel Luche

Luche is originally from Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Cebu. She is currently based in Mandaue.

On January 19, 2018, Luche represented Tribu Kandaya of Daanbantayan at Sinulog Festival Queen 2018 at the Cebu City Sports Center. She won Miss Photogenic, Miss McSmile and Best in Production Presentation and finished third runner-up.

In 2021, Luche became an artist of Star Magic. Founded on May 12, 1992, the talent agency is based in Quezon City, Metro Manila and is owned by ABS-CBN Corporation.

While competing for the Miss Universe Philippines 2022 title, Luche is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is also actively sharing videos on TikTok.

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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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