Pacman's next 'fight' | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Super surprise! Manny Pacquiao—boxer, congressman, basketball point guard and coach, manager, commercial endorser—will sit in the panel of judges that will select this year’s Miss Universe winner on Jan. 25.

Word spread on social media late last year; and the Miss Universe Organization confirmed it. With that kind of task, Manny probably faces his toughest challenge yet.

Since 1974, when Manila first hosted the Miss Universe pageant, Filipinos have graced the prestigious judges’ panel.

Here’s a rundown of past Pinoy judges, the year and venue of the pageant, how Miss Philippines fared and who won the title:


Judge: Carlos P. Romulo

Venue: Manila, Philippines

How Miss Philippines fared: Guada Sanchez made it to the Top 12

Winner: Miss Spain Amparo Muñoz


Judge: Josie Cruz Natori

Venue: Cancun, Mexico

How Miss Philippines fared: Sarah Jane Paez did not make it to the semifinals

Winner: Miss Netherlands Angela Visser


Judge: Kuh Ledesma

Venue: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

How Miss Philippines fared: Maria Lourdes Gonzales did not make it to the semifinals

Winner: Miss Mexico Lupita Jones


Judge: Don Emilio T. Yap

Venue: Manila, Philippines

How Miss Philippines fared: Charlene Gonzales made it to Top 6

Winner: Miss India Sushmita Sen


Judge: Lea Salonga

Venue: São Paulo, Brazil

How Miss Philippines fared: Shamcey Supsup was third runner-up

Winner: Miss Angola Leila Lopes

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