(NOVEMBER 12, 2019) – Lawyer and beauty queen Bea Patricia “Patch” Magtanong finished in the top eight of the Miss International 2019 pageant held in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday.
Thailand’s Sireethorn Leearamwat won this year’s edition. Mexico, Uganda, Colombia, and United Kingdom completed the top 5.
In the speech competition of the event, Magtanong began her 45-second piece questioning the societal standards women are being subjected to, before highlighting Miss International’s steps in fostering global culture of women empowerment and gender equality.
“To cheer all women means to support all women regardless of the race, religion or background but not only this, it also means to remove the barriers that prevent women from realizing their full potential,” the Philippines’ bet declaimed.
Hours before the competition, Magtanong had a lengthy post on Instagram detailing her emotions as he progressed in her Miss International journey, calling it the “most amazing” cultural experience of her lifetime.
“I grew so much, I learned more about the world and other cultures than I ever have before and I experienced Japan in a way I never would have gotten to if I didn’t join this pageant,” Magtanong said in her post.
The beauty queen also said she will carry her Miss International journey for the rest of her life, and that she will always remember the “beautiful souls” she met along the way.
“The crown is still waiting for its new queen, but I already feel like I’ve won. Thank you to everybody supporting me, to my entire country, and beyond it. It’s been an honor representing the Philippines,” Magtanong wrote.
The last Filipina to win the Miss International crown was Kylie Versoza in 2016. Last year’s candidate Ahtisa Manalo won first runner-up to Venezuela’s Mariem Velazco.