We usher in the new year with the Miss Universe 2022 pageant, now under a new owner/organization of Thailand-based JKN Global Group, kicking off in New Orleans, USA. Philippine bet Celeste Cortesi is expected to make waves and give the rival powerhouse countries a run for their money.
The year that passed, we saw most of the country’s representatives suffer a string of losses abroad despite very good showing, while some managed to win in new or lesser-known pageants.
In March, Kathleen Paton was crowned Miss Eco International 2022 in Egypt, the second Filipina to win after Cynthia Thomalla in 2018, and the only major victory for the country in 2022.
In June, Shane Tormes bagged the Miss Global 2022 title in Indonesia. Fuschia Anne Ravena won Miss International Queen 2022, a pageant for transgenders, held in Thailand.
In July, Alison Black made it to the Top 24 of Miss Supranational 2022 in Poland, won by South Africa’s Lalela Mswane.
In September, Beatriz Zea Awatin was named Miss Progress International Human Rights at Miss Progress International 2022 in Italy, won by Francesca Esperanza of Italy.
In October, Gabrielle Camille Basiano made it to the Top 20 in Miss Intercontinental 2022 in Egypt, won by Vietnam’s Le Nguyen Bao Ngoc, while Chelsea Fernandez made the Top 15 cut in Miss Globe 2022 in Albania, won by Dominican Republic’s Anabel Payano. Both Basiano and Fernandez were aiming for back-to-back wins to succeed outgoing titlists Cinderella Faye Obeñita and Maureen Montagne, respectively.
In November, Roberta Tamondong finished in the Top 20 in Miss Grand International 2022 in Indonesia, won by Isabella Menin of Brazil, but was appointed 5th runner-up replacing Yuvna Rinishta of Mauritius who resigned.
Bb. Pilipinas 2022 1st runner-up Herlene Nicole Budol ran into trouble in a badly organized Miss Planet International 2022 in Uganda, and withdrew along with other delegates. The pageant was moved to Cambodia with the finale on January 29.
Meiji Cruz, 2nd runner-up in Bb. Pilipinas 2021, was crowned the first Miss Cosmoworld 2022 in Malaysia. Leandrea Pineda Batingan was named Miss Humanity International 2022 in Vietnam.
Jenny Ramp finished in the Top 20 of Miss Earth 2022 in Manila, won by South Korea’s Mina Sue Choi.
Maria Angelica Pantaliano was named Miss Tourism Metropolitan International 2022/2023 in Miss Tourism International 2022/23 in Malaysia, won by Thailand’s Suphatra Kliangprom.
In December, Hannah Arnold made it to the Top 15 in Miss International 2022, the only delegate from Asia who made the cut. Jasmine Selberg of Germany won the title.
Bea McLelland was named first runner-up in Miss Eco Teen 2022 in Egypt, won by Cherisha Chanda of India.
In pageants for married women, Ellen Payaoan-Santos was named Elite Mrs. Universe 2022 while Christine Escalante won Ms. Global Universe 2022 at the Mrs. Universe 2022 Official pageant held in Sydney, Australia.
In male pageants, in October, Joshua De Sequera was named 1st runner-up in Manhunt International-Male Supermodel 2022, won by Australia’s Lochie Carey, a Filipino-Australian model; while Myron Jude Ordillano finished 4th runner-up in Mister International 2022, won by Dominican Republic’s Manuel Franco, both in Manila.
In November, Misters of Filipinas’ Jovy Bequillo won the first Man Hot Star International 2022 pageant in Thailand.