The four winning pillars of pageantry in 2018:
Catriona Gray – Miss Universe
Vanessa Ponce de León – Miss World
Mariem Claret Velazco – Miss International
Nguyễn Phương Khánh – Miss Earth
Indeed, this is the year split between Asians and Latinas in international beauty competitions. If you consider the rest of the other pageants like Miss Supranational (Puerto Rico), Miss Grand International(Paraguay), Miss Tourism International (Indonesia), Miss Asia Pacific International (Philippines), Miss Eco International (Philippines), The Miss Globe (China), Reina Hispanoamericana (Venezuela), Miss United Continents (México) and more, you’ll see what I mean.
As 2018 comes to a close, let us look forward to an even more exciting 2019 with the opening salvo being the 47th Miss Intercontinental next month.
Happy New Year to all of you, my dear readers!
So happy to have reunited with one of our Queens – Miss International 2018 1st Runner-Up Ma Ahtisa Manalo – when she made her first public appearance as special guest during the sendoff for Manhunt Philippines 2018 Jeff Langan who will depart for Gold Coast, Australia tomorrow to compete for the country in Manhunt International 2018.
She has really blossomed so much, especially after the successful stint in Tokyo, Japan for Miss International 2018. Below is a clip from the media interview with her, answering if she has any regrets about finishing so close to the title itself.
Ahtisa and Jonas Gaffud
Below is my interview with Ahtisa, complete with a shoutout to one of her closest friends in the pageant, Miss International 2018 Mariem Claret Velazco herself.
Miss International 2018 1st Runner-Up Ma Ahtisa Manalo and the other Miss International 2018 winners led by Mariem Claret Velazco visited the most sacred Shrine in Japan – 伊勢神宮 / Ise-Jingu (a religious center) – in Mie Prefecture.
Ahtisa is wearing Uberfinds Vintage Fashion Store as styled by Vhee Co and Francis Chee.
This is the reason why Ahtisa was absent during the Catriona/Jehza send-off last Monday afternoon. As part of their prizes in Miss International 2018, the top winner and her four runners-up will do a grand tour of Japan while visiting the different government agencies that supported the pageant.
Mariem Claret Velazco got her birthday wish alright. And in the process, she gifted Venezuela with its 8th Miss International crown after being chosen as the 58th Miss International tonight at the Tokyo Dome City Hall. She gave her court a tough fight, and in the end, she rose to the top with 1st Runner-Up honors going to our very own Ma. Ahtisa Manalo. Reabetswe Sechoaro of South Africa completes the Top 3 as 2nd Runner-Up. Bianca Tirsin of Romania and Anabella Castro Sierra of Colombia placed 3rd and 4th Runners-Up, respectively.
Left to right: Colombia, South Africa, Venezuela, the Philippines and Romania
And to our Bb. Pilipinas International 2018 Ma. Ahtisa Manalo, congratulations for a job well done! 1st Runner-Up in a strong field of 77 delegates is already a big achievement. You did not disappoint your Pinoy fans all over the world who followed the Live Streaming from start to finish.
Congratulations to the organizers for a classy and well-staged – albeit very long – production for 2018.