Sharifa Mangatong Areef Mohammad Omar Akeel or Sharifa Akeel (for short) is one Filipina Beauty Queen who did not harvest her national and international achievements in a flash. She (and presumably her handlers) patiently and diligently paid her dues from the municipal, provincial and regional levels first before even signing up for bigger things here in Manila. Her collection of crowns reads, as follows:
Mutya ng Lebak 2016
Mutya ng Sultan Kudarat 2016
Mutya ng Regional PRISAA 2017
Mutya ng National PRISAA 2017
Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific Int’l 2018
Miss Asia Pacific International 2018
This coming 2020 – and safely after serving her commitments to both Mutya ng Pilipinas and Miss Asia Pacific International – Sharifa is ready to spread her wings even wider than ever before. The choices are ripe for the picking. The good thing is that her rise in the pageantry ladder is such that the hierarchy of wins will move upward than otherwise. She could be the classic example of the Filipina from the grassroots who used one national pageant as stepping stone to heightened glory as an international winner in a homegrown beauty competition.
I can almost see this beautifully down-to-earth 22 year-old signing up for Bb. Pilipinas 2020 or Miss World Philippines 2020. But wait, she could also go for Miss Universe Philippines 2020. She simply needs to make the right selection to continue the progressive build-up of her participation.
Your take on Sharifa, dear readers?