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?