PH finishes 2nd in Miss Int’l
Miss Philippines Ma. Ahtisa Manalo finished second in the Miss International 2018 beauty pageant during a tense-field live broadcast held in Tokyo, Japan yesterday afternoon.
This is the first time that the Philippines won first runner-up in the 58-year history of the prestigious beauty contest.
Mariem Velazco of Venezuela was crowned Miss International 2018. Other winners were South Africa, second runner-up; Romania, third runner-up; and Colombia, fourth runner-up.
In her speech, Manalo said: “If I will be lucky enough to be chosen as Miss International 2018, I will continue to be the voice of the youth and let them know that nothing is impossible with hard work and determination.”
Filipino pageant fans went wild as soon as Manalo entered the Top 15 of the contest, making the Miss International show one of the trending topics on social media yesterday afternoon.
Supporters of the 21-year-old beauty queen also cheered when she confidently paraded in national costume, swimsuit, and evening gown.
Other delegates who landed in the Top 15 were from Romania, Mexico, Ecuador, Thailand, Australia, Paraguay, Japan, Indonesia, Ukraine, Spain, and Madagascar. From Top 15 candidates, it was cut to Top 8 contestants: Japan, Romania, Ecuador, Colombia, Spain, South Africa, Venezuela, and Philippines.
Seventy-seven candidates competed in this year’s Miss International pageant.
The Philippines has won six times in the beauty contest. Other Filipino winners were Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Melanie Marquez (1979), Precious Lara Quigaman (2005), Bea Rose Santiago (2013), and Kylie Verzosa (2016).