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Text by R. Galvez [@the4ofustraveling]

Let’s go straight to the point: the Miss Universe Philippines 2023 pageant is a close fight between Miss Makati Michelle Dee and Miss Bohol Pauline Amelinckx. Missosology’s panel of beauty experts agree that any of these two stunning women are worthy of the crown. One must take note that Michelle and Pauline – together with the eventual winner Celeste Cortesi – were the triumvirate of the batch 2022. Experience-wise, Michelle and Pauline are beyond reproach. It is already the second attempt of Michelle for the main title while for Pauline, it’s her third time. It will be a huge injustice if judges will ignore their highly polished resumé.

It is indeed tempting to jump into conclusion that Miss Universe Philippines 2023 is just a battle between two heavyweights. After all, the signs are pointing to that direction. However, this Hot Picks can be ruined by the likes of Miss Baguio Krishnah Marie Gravidez or Miss Cavite Samantha Alexandra Panlilio. It is highly possible that the Miss Universe Philippines organization will now think outside of the box after their humiliating defeat at the Miss Universe 2022. Miss Universe Philippines contest may be a foregone conclusion for some pageant experts but the only thing that will make it exciting is its unpredictability.

Here’s the full list of Miss Universe 2023 Final Hot Picks:

1. Makati – Michelle Daniela Dee

2. Bohol – Pauline Amelinckx

3. Pampanga – Mary Angelique Manto

4. Cebu Province – Emmanuelle Fabienne Camcam

5. Baguio – Krishnah Marie Gravidez

6. Cavite – Samantha Alexandra Panlilio

7. Zambales – Christine Juliane Opiaza

8. Agusan Del Norte – Jannarie Zarzoso

9. Davao Oriental – Klyza Castro

10. Paranaque – Clarielle Dacanay

11. Lapu-Lapu – Clare Inso

12. Eastern Samar – Airissh Ramos

13. Palawan – Louise Joy Gallardo

14. Sorsogon – Rein Hillary Carrascal

15. Mandaluyong – Iman Franchesca Cristal

16. Pasig – Kali Navea-Huff

17. Aklan – Avery Mariane Sucgang

18. Quezon City – Mary Eileen Gonzales

19. Bacoor City – Alexandria Bollier

20. Guimaras – Vanessa Tse Wing