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The Miss Universe Philippines 2023 pageant seems to be a foregone conclusion but its not yet over until it is over. Sure, one can argue that the 2022 repeaters and beauty pageant veterans are in a very strong position but the tide of the game can easily sway in a different direction. The Miss Universe Philippines organization is still licking its wounds from the bitter results of Miss Universe 2022 and there is an urgent need to refresh its perspective and revise its strategy. For this week’s Hot Picks, the list reflects a new way of seeing things because it is very likely that the eventual winner could be someone that will surprise us all.

1. Baguio – Krishnah Marie Gravidez

2. Zambales – Christine Juliane Opiaza

3. Pampanga – Mary Angelique Manto

4. Cebu Province – Dianne Padillo

5. Paranaque – Clarielle Dacanay

6. Makati – Michelle Daniela Dee

7. Bohol – Pauline Amelinckx

8. Cavite – Samantha Alexandra Panlilio

9. Agusan Del Norte – Jannarie Zarzoso

10. Lapu-Lapu – Clare Inso

11. Palawan – Louise Joy Gallardo

12. Guimaras – Vanessa Tse Wing

13. Aklan – Avery Mariane Sucgang

14. Mandaluyong – Iman Franchesca Cristal

15. Bacoor – Alexandria Bollier

16. Taguig – Nikki Justine Breedveld

17. Negros Oriental – Vanessa Maria Matzeit

18. Isabela – Kimberlyn Jane Acob

19. Quezon Province – Lesly Joy Sim

20. Bulacan – Princess Anne Marcos