Gillian Katherine de Mesa, 25, of Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, 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.
Founded in 1839, Nueva Vizcaya was named for Biscay, Spain. Nueva Vizcaya is bordered to the north by Ifugao, Quirino to the east, Benguet to the west and Nueva Ecija to the south.
Baguio City is geographically located in Benguet but governmentally independent from the province. One of the sister cities of Baguio City is Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.
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.
Gillian de Mesa
From June 2013 to December 2017, de Mesa attended Saint Mary’s University in Bayombong where she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting technology. From March 2017 to April 2017, she was an audit intern at G. Pagaspas Partners & Co., CPAs in Makati City, Metro Manila.
During the Bayongyong Festival in Bayombong in August 2017, de Mesa was crowned Lakambini ng Bayombong 2017. She later became Saniata ti Nueva Vizcaya 2018 first runner-up.
From January 2018 to June 2018, de Mesa studied accountancy at Aldersgate College in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. In June 2020, she started working at PwC Acceleration Center Manila in Pasig City, Metro Manila as an audit associate.
In May 2021, de Mesa enjoyed paragliding in Tiblac, Ambaguio, Nueva Vizcaya. In her Miss Universe Philippines 2022 application video, she said, “I believe that I am ready to be the next Miss Universe Philippines as I am experienced enough to be an empowered woman who can inspire and touch people’s lives.”
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.