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Northern Samar’s Nicole Mendiola fighting for Miss Universe Philippines 2022 crown


Nicole Blanca Mari Susan Mendiola, 23, of Northern Samar, 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.

Northern Samar is bordered to the south by the provinces of Samar and Eastern Samar. One of the sister cities of Baguio City is Calbayog, Samar.


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.


Nicole Mendiola

From 2012 to 2016, Mendiola attended St. Paul College Pasig in Pasig City, Metro Manila. From 2016 to 2021, she attended the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila where she earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

From August 2020 to September 2020, Mendiola was a Unilever supply chain intern. From August 2020 to July 2021, she was the president of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers.

In January 2020, Mendiola joined PRM Construction and Development as a corporate secretary. In September 2020, she was promoted as a project management associate.

From June 2020 to July 2020, Mendiola was a JPMorgan Chase & Co. corporate analyst intern. She was a student ambassador of the company from August 2020 to July 2021 then started working there as a corporate analyst in August 2021.


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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