I intentionally reserved this blog entry for the homestretch tail-end of my series on pageant teasers simply because it was one of the first news items picked up by showbiz/entertainment websites regarding ladies who are said to be interested in joining Miss Universe Philippines 2020 (the other one being Patch Magtanong whom we have already resolved as joining possibly in 2021 and not this year).
If I were in the shoes of Ahtisa, and extending the pageant stay would be the most productive and empowering move to make, then I’d go for it as well. Hierarchy-wise, her Bb. Pilipinas title is in spot #3 among the Grand Slam competitions worldwide. Doing MUP would be two steps up and the risk is still worth taking. Even Miss World Philippines would be a step up so that is another option she could get herself into by mid-year.
Now as far as qualifications are concerned, Ahtisa has already proven herself up to par. Placing 1st Runner-Up during Miss International 2018 was an achievement that upped her credentials even more. As a speaker, she is no Catriona or Cordoves. But once onstage, she can put her own spin and make non-believers give her the chance. She has the fire that one can see once put to the test.
So, dear readers, does Ahtisa merit your stamp of approval?
Below are several photos of Miss Philippines Ahtisa Manalo (with Misses USA and Hongkong) when they visited Hiroshima.
And below is a video interview of her conducted by Filipino Japanese Journal.
Above is the photo of Bb. Pilipinas International 2018 Ma Ahtisa Manalo inside the VIP Lounge of NAIA Terminal 2 before boarding for her Philippine Airlines flight bound for Tokyo, Japan.
And below is Miss Philippines Ma Ahtisa Manalo surrounded by her almost 100 kilos of luggage upon arrival at Narita Airport Terminal 2 before checking in for Miss International 2018.
Ahtisa is ready to fight, fight, fight!
Ahtisa Manalo as photographed by Dookie Ducay
Bb. Pilipinas International 2018 Ma. Ahtisa Manalo should be next in line for her sendoff after Eva Patalinjug and Michele Gumabao last Wednesday afternoon.
In this blog entry, you can see her latest shot (above) taken by Dookie Ducay. The close-up images are courtesy of Makeup Guru Albert Kurniawan after their latest session.
What’s your vibe about Ahtisa, dear readers?
Bb. Pilipinas International 2018 Ma. Ahtisa Manalo captivates in these latest photos captured by Beauty & Fashion Photographer Edward (Red) Keeler.
Are you liking her more now than you ever did before?
She definitely exudes the beauty of a rare orchid that blooms with effortless radiance.
Stylist | Patrick Henry Mergano
assisted by Alimar Abdullah
Hair | Arnel Palmera
MUA | Grynne and Makeup
FULL BLOOM featuring Bb. Pilipinas International 2018 Ma. Ahtisa Manalo who proved that one can be an achiever even at a young age. And with her wit and charm, she will surely achieve more and be the pride of the young generation.
Photographed by ARI SIMANGAN, Make up by GRYNNE BEJARIN, Hair by ARNEL PALMERA, Styled by PATRICK HENRY associate stylist ALI ABDULLAH
Wardobe by Uberfinds Vintage Fashion Store, Apartment 8 Clothing, Jhong Sudlon
Cover story by FLOR LEANO.
Here is a big shoutout to our youngest Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Queen who is celebrating her very special day.
Happy Birthday, Bb. Pilipinas International 2018 Ma. Ahtisa Manalo! Shine bright as you always have. You are destined for great and wonderful things. May this occasion be a special milestone leading to bigger achievements.