In every beauty contest, there are those who are the underdogs and shine in the most important components of the competition. So it’s no surprise that in this year’s Miss Universe Philippines edition, there are a lot of candidates who can pull an upset among the heavy favorites to win the crown.
We at the Qrown Philippines rounded up the potential ladies who we believe are going to show more of themselves in the few days as the competition intensifies.
All photos by Jamin Lim
Ivylou Borbon, Pangasinan
The moment Ivylou walks onstage, everyone paid attention At the press presentation, a lot of the press loved her presence because she was having a lot of fun. Whatever outfit she wears also compliments her caramel skin color and in a country where mestiza is preferred, she was a fresh face to pay attention to.
One of the Qrown Philippines members said that Ivylou is someone to watch out for because of the following criteria: face, relatabilty, and a chameleon, which is a plus factor in the pageant world.
A lot of us in the team are excited to see Ivylou’s photos from the sponsor shoots because we definitely love to see the outcome of that chameleon moment.
Shanelyn Bayson, Victorias City
Shanelyn was one of the girls that wasn’t given much attention until the press presentation came. The moment she came out in the yellow top and jeans and sashayed towards the stage, it reminded people of Alaiza Malinao’s look. Videos and pictures do not give justice to her overall look until you see her up close.
Like Ivylou, Shanelyn has the face, relatability, and a chameleon if properly styled. We are all looking forward to the photos that will be released in the next few days to see how she has transformed from the press presentation.
Thanks to the Frontrow Netizen’s Choice award alongside Katrina Llegado of Taguig, Shanelyn is slowly building momentum and like everyone, we’re all watching out for how she’ll sustain her momentum.
Angelica Lopez, Palawan
During the press presentation, I could not help but admire Angelica when she walked onstage. The white dress on her skin tone really made her stand out. She also had the vavavoom appeal which commanded presence.
Palawan has been sending a lot of candidates to competitions in the past years that are striking. Angelica really stood out to a lot of members of the press. Footage of BTS from their photoshoots also shows just how a chameleon she is in motion.
A lot of us from the Qrown Philippines still want to see more of Angelica in the next few days. A swimsuit challenge is happening soon and we’re anticipating she’ll definitely show the fire within her.
Ghenesis Latugat, BAGUIO CITY
Since winning Miss Baguio 2021 last year, Ghenesis Latnugat has been on a lot of pageant pages’ list for a title. When she announced she was joining Miss Universe Philippines, a lot were excited to see her compete. She has the height, the looks that channel Venus Raj, and also has personality.
Ghenesis was also one of the candidates our Qrown Philippines correspondents Christian Baking and Dawnie Tiu got to speak with. Check out the interview on why she’s one of the girls to watch out for.
If Ghenesis keeps up her momentum, we won’t be surprised if she makes it to the Top 5. We are definitely going to be watching out for her.