Hindi man pinalad ang pambato ng Pilipinas na si Bea Patricia “Patch” Magtanong na maiuwi ang korona ng Miss International 2019 ay umabot naman ito hanggang Top 8.
Sa speech competition ng pageant, nagpokus ang pinay beauty queen sa Women Empowerment and discrimination.
“When I was younger, I found it strange that I was subjected to different standards as other boys my age. When I got older and even more so when I became a lawyer, I began to question these standards and challenge them. Why should women live in fear of harassment, violence, and discrimination when basic human decency calls for respect, tolerance, and compassion?” saad ni Magtanong.
“To cheer all women means to support all women regardless of their race, religion, or background. But not only this it also means to remove the barriers that prevent women from realizing their full potential. Miss International does this by fostering a global culture of women empowerment and gender equality. And through this platform, we can ensure that no woman anytime, anywhere is left behind, ” dagdag nito.
Si Sireethorn Leearamwat ng Thailand ang nakasungkit ng korona sa ika-54th edition ng international pageant na ginanap sa Tokyo Dome sa Japan, nitong Martes, November 12.
Hinirang namang 1st runner-up si Andrea Toscano ng Mexico, 2nd runner-up si Evelyn Namatovu Karonde ng Uganda, 3rd runner-up si Alejandra Vengoechea ng Colombia, at 4th runner-up si Hariotte Lane ng United Kingdom.
Binuo naman ang Top 8 ng Philippines, Mexico, Thailand, Colombia, Uganda, Indonesia, United Kingdom, at Vietnam.
Gayunpaman, nakasungkit ng anim na korona ang Pilipinas sa Miss International.
Ito ay sina Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Mimilanie “Melanie” Marquez (1979), Precious Lara Quigaman (2005), Bea Rose Santiago (2013), at Kylie Verzosa (2016).