Shaira Aliyah Abias Diaz, 21, of San Pablo, Laguna, 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 1586, San Pablo is one of the oldest cities in the Philippines. Baguio City and San Pablo are around 327km apart.
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.
Shaira Aliyah Diaz
From 2006 to 2013, Diaz attended Canossa College in San Pablo. She visited Tagaytay, Philippines in December 2012, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila in August 2013 and Baguio City in May 2014.
From 2014 to 2018, Diaz attended De La Salle Lipa in Lipa, Batangas, Philippines. She visited Tanauan, Batangas in June 2014, Osaka, Japan in June 2016 and Hong Kong, China in October 2016.
In June 2017, Diaz visited Baguio City again. In 2018, Diaz entered the University of Santo Tomas in Sampaloc, Manila, Metro Manila.
In October 2019, Diaz visited Tanauan again. In July 2021, she went to Balesin Island, Polillo, Quezon, Philippines.
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.