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Negros Oriental’s Marilit Iligan fighting for Miss Universe Philippines 2022 crown


Marilit Katipunan Iligan, 21, of Sibulan, Negros Oriental, 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.


Marilit Iligan

Iligan is an advocate for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) awareness. She believes that knowledge is a powerful weapon that can break the stigma of discrimination and allow progression.

From 2012 to 2014, Iligan attended St. Paul University Dumaguete in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. She is the sole proprietor of Maryleigh, a Dumaguete-based beauty and apparel concept store that she launched in November 2017.

From 2018 to 2019, Iligan was in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Corps of Sponsors of Silliman University in Dumaguete. She studied business operations management at the university.

Representing the College of Business and Administration, Iligan competed against 10 other candidates at Miss Silliman 2019 at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex of Silliman University on August 24, 2019 and was unplaced. It is the competition’s 73rd edition, making it the longest running campus beauty pageant in Asia.


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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