FAVORITES: Miss Universe Philippines 2023 Top 12 early favorites

The Miss Universe Philippines 2023 competition began with the official announcement of the Top 40 contestants on February 18, followed by their introduction along with the cities and provinces they represent.

Two of this year's batch of beauties were part of last year's Top 5 finalists ⁠— Miss Universe Philippines Tourism 2022 Michelle Daniela Dee (also former Miss World Philippines) of Makati and Miss Universe Philippines Charity 2022 Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol.

This is also the third time the Boholana representative participated. Her first attempt was in 2020 where she finished third runner-up to Miss Universe Philippines 2020 winner Rabiya Mateo from Iloilo City.

Some notable crossovers from other national competitions include Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2021 Samantha Alexandra Panlilio of Cavite, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2021 Emmanuelle Fabienne Camcam of Cebu Province, and Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific International 2019 Klyza Ferrando Castro.

Since the Miss Universe Philippines organization changed rules last September to allow women to join regardless of marital status, three mothers made history by being part of this year's competition  — Joemay-an Leo of Benguet, Clariele Dacanay of ParaƱaque City, and Mary Eileen Gonzales of Quezon City.

The coronation night for Miss Universe Philippines 2023 will be held on May 13 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Bay City, Pasay, Metro Manila. Three crowns were announced at stake this year and two of which have yet to be revealed.

Who will succeed Celeste Cortesi of Pasay and represent the Philippines at Miss Universe 2023 in El Salvador?

Meet our Top 12 early favorites:


TOP 12

(in alphabetical order)

Bacoor City - Alexandria Bollier

Bohol - Pauline Amelinckx

Cavite - Samantha Alexandra Panlilio

Cebu Province - Emmanuelle Fabienne Camcam

Davao Oriental - Klyza Ferrando Castro

Lapu-Lapu - Clare Inso

Makati - Michelle Daniela Dee

Mandaue - Breanna Marie Evans

Pampanga - Mary Angelique Manto

ParaƱaque - Clariele Dacanay

Quezon City - Mary Eileen Gonzales

Zambales - Christine Juliane Opiaza

Special mentions:

Agusan Del Norte, Baguio, Batangas, Bulacan, Northern Samar, Palawan, Southern Leyte, Quezon Province

Photos: Miss Universe Philippines

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