As we close the chapter of Miss Universe 2009, let me take this blog opportunity to send my heartfelt thanks to our representative, Bianca Manalo.
Bianca may not have reached her objective in the Bahamas. But in the eyes of all Filipinos and supporters from other countries, she made all of us proud with her mesmerizing beauty, unstinting fighting spirit and total grace under pressure.
Bianca will always be remembered as the Filipina beauty who gave the Philippines reason to hope. I know that it was heart-breaking for her not to make the Top 15 at the very least, but all things being equal, she did an excellent job all around. Many external factors may not have gone to her favor and….on second thought, let’s not even go there so as not to spoil things up.
You should come home to the Philippines with head held high. We know how you tirelessly fought to reclaim some glory for your country and for that, Maraming, maraming salamat!
Mabuhay ka, Bianca!
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