Sunday, May 1, 2022


PLDT HOME, the Philippines’ fastest broadband and the official broadband partner of Miss Universe Philippines congratulates newly-crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi during the coronation night held at Mall of Asia Arena on April 30, besting other 31 strong and uniquely beautiful women from all over the country.

Awarded Miss PLDT Home, PLDT warmly welcomes Cortesi as the newest family member of the leading and most diversified telecommunications group in the Philippines committed to serve the nation and deliver the best communications and digital solutions to Filipinos.

This year was truly an iconic staging of MUPh with 3 special coronation night’s hosts who took part in a uniquely beautiful historic event in the Philippine pageant history:

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtbach,

Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere, and

Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Tebow.

Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu from India who sat down in the panel of judges also travelled to the Philippines to meet her Miss Universe sisters and see once again Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Bea Luigi Gomez, one of her closest friends during the Miss Universe 2021 pageant held last December in Israel.

Adding highlights to the event were special performances from singers Morissette Amon, EZ Mil, Sam Concepcion, JM Bales, and Arthur Nery, The Voice of the Philippines coach Bamboo Manalac, and American Idol 2020 finalist Francisco Martin.

From 31 uniquely beautiful women, Top 16 finalists were Miss Nueva Vizcaya Gillian Katherine De Mesa, Miss Taguig katrina Llegado, Miss Cebu City Chantal Elise Schmidt, Miss Aklan Jona Sweett, Miss Makati Michelle Dee, Miss Albay Julia Calleja Saubier, Miss Palawan Angelica Lopez, Miss Iloilo Province Vanessa Anne Caro, Miss Baguio City Ghenesis Latugat, Miss Cebu Province Lou Dominique Piczon, Miss Misamis Oriental Annabelle McDonnell, Miss Bohol Pauline Cucharo Amelinckx, Miss Ilocos Sur Jewel Alexandria Palacat, and Miss Laguna Soja Jeyn Tanyag.

After the parade of top 16 finalists in swimwear, these top 10 finalists were then announced and answered casual interview questions from Pia Wurtzbach: Miss Makati City, Miss Pasay City, Miss Baguio City, Miss Taguig, Miss Misamis Oriental, Miss Cebu Province, Miss Bohol, Miss Cebu City, Miss Albay and Miss Iloilo.

Two months ago, pageant enthusiasts made their fearless forecasts that Miss Universe Philippines 2022 title would be a battle of 2 former beauty queens from NCR’s 2 tiger cities: Miss Philippines Earth 2017 Celeste Cortesi representing Pasay City, and Miss World Philippines 2019 Michelle Dee from Makati City.

Eventually, the two were the last uniquely beautiful women standing with Cortesi who grabbed the crown and Dee, who was awarded Miss Universe Philippines Tourism. They were joined by other winners who made it to the top 5: Miss Bohol Pauline Cucharo Amelinckx (Miss Universe Philippines-Charity); Miss Misamis Oriental Annabelle McDonnel (First Runner Up); and Miss Taguig Katrina Llegado (Second Runner-Up).

During the final Question and Answer portion, host Pia Wurtzbach asked the 24 year old from Pasay, “If you could stop time for a day, how would you spend it?”. Cortesi smartly replied a winning answer straight from her heart “If I could stop time, I would spend it with my family especially with my mother. It’s been two years I didn’t see my family because they live in Italy and I came here in the Philippines just by myself. So if I had the chance to spend one day I would definitely be with my mom and I would tell her how much I love her and miss her”. Her answer gained a loud cheer from the audience especially that we are celebrating Mother’s Day.

Miss Universe Philippines finally able to stage their coronation night with extremely live audience and uniquely beautiful viewing experience powered by PLDT after pageant’s virtual coronation for the past 2 editions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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