Miss Philippines USA

claire atanacio #13

Hello! My name is Claire from Walnut, California & this is my very first pageant. I’m very excited for what is to come & have loved every moment of this experience thus far. Anyways, 3 things you should know about me is that I love tacos & lumpia, I’m studying to be a registered nurse at Mount Saint Mary’s University, and I’m a huge advocate for Mental Health Awareness, self care, & living for Christ! I’m very grateful to my parents for having raised me and my siblings with the Filipino culture and traditions. My dream is to one day lead a medical missions trip to the Philippines & to continue sharing God’s love with others!


hannah bancel #14

Hannah Isabelle Trinidad Bancel. An 18 year old wanderer who lived in the Philippines for 12 years. I plan on going to college this fall for Nursing. In addition, I express interest in Horticulture and Gardening. I’d like to ensure that undeveloped countries get clean, potable water sources, medical supplies and treatment programs and a well-articulated food supply initiative that will feed not only this generation, but also the one’s to come. I also show a deep connection with nature and can coexist with not only humans, but also animals. Even after living in the United States for 6 years, I keep my Filipino culture and values intact.

winona Dayle campo #15

Mabuhay! I am Winona Dayle Apilado Campo from Springfield, Pennsylvania. I am 18 years old and was born in Baguio City, Philippines. I am proudly Igorot, Ilocano, and Kapampangan! I recently graduated Springfield High School in Pennsylvania and will attend Neumann University as a Nursing major. My ultimate goal is to receive a Master’s Degree as a DNP in Anesthesia. I am a Certified Nursing Assistant in the state of Pennsylvania. During high school, I was a member of National English Honor Society, Amnesty International, National Society of High School Scholars, Vice President for Health Occupational Students of America Future Health Professionals as well as a Community Service Member. My passion of compassion has led me to become an advocate for universal human rights, specifically the right to health care, proper food and water, and education. My family has guided me to blossom into the driven, confident, determined, strong willed woman I am today. I enjoy playing basketball, going to the gym, playing the viola and playing my guitar in my free time.

leanne de leon #16

Leanne De Leon from the Los Angeles area. I was born in Panorama City, California and have lived in Hacienda Heights for my whole life. I went back to the Philippines when I was 1 however and lived there until I was 4, eventually moving back to the United States of America. I am attending University of Hawaii at Manoa this Fall 2018 as a marine biology major.

melanie espiritu #17

Melanie Espiritu, I’m 19 years old and from Oxnard, California. I’m a student at Cal Poly Pomona University studying Chemistry. After I get my Bachelors in Science I strive to get into Pharmacy school to become a pharmacist. I advocate for Filipinx-American studies in college communities as well as justice for Filipinx-American veterans.


nicole gahit #18

I am Nicole Gahit. I’m 25 years old. I was born and raised in the Philippines and I moved to the U.S. when I was 12. I am a Registered Nurse working in Torrance, CA.

janet hammond #19

Janet Hammond, born and raised in the Philippines and migrated here in California about 3 years ago. I am an Accountancy student and a blogger who loves singing, acting and traveling to different places around the globe. My mantra in life is: behind the valleys of sacrifice is a paradise of success.


erika hilton #20

Hi my name is Erika Sydney Salvador Hilton. I am 22 years old as work as an International Tax Accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. I joined MPUSA 2 years ago after I graduated from USC with a Bachelors in Accounting, however with my hectic life style and always trying to push myself to do new things, I had to simultaneously get ready to begin my dual Master’s program in Europe where I got a Masters in International Consulting and Business Development and my MBA. Through this program I spent over a year living in Paris, France and Valencia, Spain combined. This was one of the most incredible experiences of my life because it dove into the core of one of my passions—traveling. Seeing the world and meeting new people with different backgrounds is in my opinion one of the best ways to learn and expand our knowledge. In addition to this, I also enjoy staying active. In college I was part of USC’s triathlon team and this past year I joined PwC’s team in a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles (545 miles) to fight against HIV/AIDS. This was an incredible experience because it enabled me to help others while doing things I love—traveling and staying active. This time around, I hope to use MPUSA to jumpstart my own personal project to help those in the Philippines. I am so grateful to have opportunities such as these and hope to use the things I am fortunate to have to help others.


Alina Truzal Cabico Aquino from San Francisco, CA. I was born in the Bay Area and moved to southern California to attend Cal Poly Pomona where I graduated in 2013 with my undergraduate degree in Archaeology. I then attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and graduated with my Masters in Business Anthropology in 2015. I currently live in Long Beach, CA where I work in advertising for iHeartMedia.

Anyssa Mendez #22

I am Anyssa Mendez 18 years old born in La Puente, California. I am currently a first year (soon to be a second year) student at California Polytechnic State University Pomona majoring in liberal studies to become an elementary teacher. I was inspired by my Lola and her many stories about her teaching days before moving from the Philippines to the US . I joined Miss Young Philippines USA 2016 when I was 16 years old and it helped me get closer to my culture and gained my confidence. As I am returning to the pageant as a candidate for Miss Philippines USA 2018, I wish for a closer relationship with my culture and another great experience!

angela niduaza #23

Angela Niduaza. I am 21 years old and Miss Philippines USA is my very first pageant! I was born and raised in London, United Kingdom. Later I moved to Brentwood, California. I currently attend Sacramento State University and am studying for my Bachelors of Science in Health Science with a concentration in Administration with a minor in Gerontology. I can’t wait to start this journey to grow as an individual with confidence and poise, along with empowering other Filipino-American women.

jamie panizales #24

Jamie Panizales is 26 years old and is based in San Francisco, California. She grew up in Iloilo City, Philippines until she was 16 years old and moved to the United States where she went to college in University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been working for a big accounting firm for the past 6 years as an accountant and is now focused on corporate learning and development. She is an advocate for removing the stigma against mental disorders and support sustainable treatments especially for children.

alina pascual #25

Alina Pascual. I am 18 years old born and raised in Glendale, CA. I intend on majoring in Environmental Science at UC Santa Cruz after attending a local community college. By participating in this pagaent I hope to connect to my Filipina roots and learn to appreciate the culture. I’d like to advocate concepts of self-love and self-appreciation to young Filipina women who, I believe, are constantly exposed to misconceptions of beauty.

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