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Palawan’s Angelica Lopez fighting for Miss Universe Philippines 2022 crown

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Angelica Lopez, 21, of Palawan, 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.

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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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Angelica Lopez

Lopez is currently based in Puerto Princesa, which is geographically located in Palawan but is governmentally independent from the province. She is Mutya ng Bataraza 2017 and Binibining MIMAROPA 2018 first runner-up.

In March 2018, Lopez won Miss Puerto Princesa 2018, besting 14 other candidates. Hosted by Miss World 2011 first runner-up Gwendoline Ruais, the competition was part of the Balayong Festival.

On December 8, 2019, Lopez represented Bataraza at Miss Palawan 2019 at at Puerto Princesa City Coliseum in Puerto Princesa. One of the 18 judges was Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul.

Lopez ranked fourth at Miss Palawan 2019, failing to win any of the three crowns. However, she won most of the awards from the sponsors including Toyota, Tanduay, Realty Corporation and Kamia Bay Resort.

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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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