The 2022 Miss Universe Philippines Coronation Night looks to be an exciting night filled with gowns, glamour, and grace.
If Americans have the Super Bowl, then the Philippines has Miss Universe. Many people treat the pageant scene as a national sport and tune in with bated breath whenever a new season rolls by. And among all the pageants in the country, few get as much attention as Miss Universe Philippines.
Over the past months, candidates from around the country have competed in challenges to showcase their beauty, grace, charms, and personality for the chance to be crowned as the next Miss Universe Philippines and even snatch the title of Miss Universe 2022.
The road for some contestants wasn’t easy, but we are now near the end. And it won’t be just another coronation night as Miss Universe Philippines national director Shamcey Supsup has stated that this will be their biggest pageant, promising “maraming pasabog.” And from what we’ve seen, it looks like they are going all out. As we count down the days until April 30, here is what you need to know about the 2022 Miss Universe Philippines coronation night.
PAST MISS UNIVERSE WINNERS AS HOSTS
32 queens are set to compete to be the next Miss Universe Philippines with last year’s winner Beatrice Luigi Gomez in attendance to pass her title. But Bea won’t be the only winner gracing the coronation night, because three past Miss Universe winners will serve as hosts for the night. Pia Wurtzbach (2015), Iris Mittenaere (2016), and Demi-Leigh Tebow (2017) are all set to bless us with their grace and beauty, and maybe even a funny joke or two. And if this holy trifecta wasn’t enough, there’s also the fact that current reigning Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu will also be there as a special guest. Now that’s what you call a winner’s circle.
YOU CAN WATCH IT BOTH IN-PERSON AND ONLINE
The 2022 Miss Universe Philippines Coronation Night will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on April 30 at 7:00 PM. For those itching to watch a new winner get crowned, the organization has provided many ways for people to catch the show. For starters, you can get an up-close experience by watching the coronation night at the MOA Arena. You can get your tickets here and they range in price from 950 – 13,500 pesos. If you can’t make it to MOA Arena, you can also watch it online for free. You can catch the livestream on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s YouTube channel, iWant TFC, and TFC at 7:00 PM. And for those who want to relive the night all over again, you can catch the broadcast replay on GMA at 9 AM, May 1.
THERE’S A NEW CROWN
One of the most exciting parts about naming a new Miss Universe is the crown she will receive. And this year, there’s a new crown ready to be perched on top of the new winner’s head. Made by local jeweler Jewelmer, the new crown is called La Mer en Majeste, which translates to “The Sea in Majesty.” As the name suggests, the crown takes inspiration from the sea. Revealed during the MUPH 2022 Gala Night, the crown is shorter than previous crowns and shies away from the red, blue, and yellow color scheme of the past. Instead, it has a striking gold, white, and crème color palette.
What stands out most though for the new crown is its use of Golden South Sea Pearls, 17 to be exact. “Shaped by the movement of the tides and colored by the rays of the sun, each golden South Sea pearl is a miracle–a symbol of purity, so rare that it was hailed as the Philippines’ National Gem. This exquisite crown is an homage to the majesty, the sea, for she is the queen of the elements,” said Jewelmer in a statement. Considering how a single pearl can set you back hundreds of thousands of pesos, this new crown is not cheap. But only the best crowns for the best queens as they say.
THERE WILL BE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
It’s not just gowns, walks, and Q&A answers to look forward to during coronation night. The show will also featured a series of musical performances. Announced artists for the night are Bamboo, Sam Concepcion, Francisco Martin, Morissette, JM Bales, and Arthur Nery. Mini-concert mixed with a beauty pageant? We love to see it.
YOU CAN BE AN ELEVENTH JUDGE
10 esteemed guests are set to serve as judges in the 2022 Miss Universe Philippines Coronation Night. But as any veteran pageant viewer can tell you, there have been those head-scratching moments where certain queens advance to the next round while others don’t. And for those who have ever felt like this, you have a say in who makes it forward.
Miss Universe Philippines partnered with Lazada to be the 11th judge of the night. All you have to do is download the Lazada app and send in your votes. Fan votes will be included in the official scores that determine the Top 10, 5, and grand winner. Do note though that voting is not free. One vote = one peso and you can vote in the following packages, 1 vote, 5 votes, 10 votes, 50 votes, and 95 votes. So, if you want to help your pick take home the crown, scrounge up some spare change.
PRE-CORONATION NIGHT EVENTS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Before we reach coronation night on April 30, there are a few events avid pageant fans may want to take note off in the lead up to the big night. First, there’s the National Costume presentation, which is happening this April 26, 8 PM live on TikTok Philippines’ TikTok account. And second, on April 27 at 7 PM is the Preliminary Competition at The Cove Manila. The top 32 contestants are set to participate in swimsuit and evening gown presentations. Marco Gumabao and Beatrice Luigi Gomez serving as hosts of the night. EZ Mil, Anji Salvacion, Yheen & Yuki, and Gabriel Umali are all set to perform during the event as well. For 1800 pesos, you can buy a ticket to watch all this live at The Cove. Luckily for those with tighter budgets, you can catch the preliminaries live on kumu and for free.