PH fin­ishes 2nd in Miss Int’l

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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).

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