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?
Photo credit: Dion Besa
Last year, the Philippines claimed its first-ever 1st Runner-Up finish in Miss International when Ma. Ahtisa Manalo placed second to eventual winner Mariem Claret Velazco of Venezuela. It was a placement that could have gone either way for the two fiercely-competing countries which have so far collected the most number of wins in the Japan-based competition.
This year, will it be a duplicate for the Philippines with Atty. Bea Patricia Magtanong? There’s always a good chance of that happening, just as making it simply to the Top 5 or the Top 10 is the best that she can deliver in the finals.
Personally, I am rooting for Patch. So I really hope that she becomes our 7th.
Anyways, below are some rehearsal photos for the Final Gala of Miss International Beauty Pageant 2019 with her.
The coronation will be streamed live on the pageant’s Facebook page, Youtube channel and Hikari TV starting at 2pm (Japan time) tomorrow afternoon (around 1pm in the Philippines).
BTS shots of the Bb. Pilipinas 2018 titleholders during their photoshoot with Raymond Saldaña earlier in the day. Watch out for the final images soon!
This batch produced a Miss Universe in Catriona Gray, a Miss Intercontinental in Karen Gallman, and a near-win as 1st Runner-Up in Miss International in Ahtisa Manalo. We can also add a Top 10 Miss Supranational finish for Jehza Huelar and a Top 15 placement in The Miss Globe for Michele Gumabao. It saddens me, though, that Eva Patalinjug was questionably snubbed in Miss Grand International.
At any rate, what an impressive score card for this group of titleholders!
So have you had your fix of sweet delights for Valentine’s Day? You still have a few hours to do so.
Or you can ask Miss International 2018 1st Runner-Up Ma Ahtisa Manalo to bake you a cake, just as the photo below when – along with the other winners and 20 beauty ambassadors/candidates – she made one at the famous Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden in Tokachi.
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Below are photos of Miss International 2018 1st Runner-Up Ma Ahtisa Manalo during her Victory Presscon hosted by Bb. Pilipinas at Novotel Manila Araneta Center earlier.
Photos taken by Joy Arguil
Before today’s scheduled Homecoming Press Conference hosted by BPCI at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Miss International 2018 1st Runner-Up Ma Ahtisa Manalo walked the runway for Designer Amir Sali in Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 last night at the Discovery Primea.
And she was the pièce de résistance for the finale of the collection.
Photo credit: Bert Briones
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 was photographed at the Narita International Airport on her way back home to the Philippines after an extended stay in Japan to fulfill her duties as part of the Top 5.
She will be arriving in Manila tonight.
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.
This is a simple blog entry of thanks to the three Designers who contributed to the wonderful performance of Miss Philippines Ma Ahtisa Manalo in the Miss International 2018 Final Gala on her way to placing as 1st Runner-Up (the first-ever Filipina to achieve this placement in the Japan-based pageant):
National Costume by Amir Sali
Swimwear by Julius Pegarro Jaguio
Evening Gown by Michael Cinco
You three are heaven-sent!
Photos by Din Eugenio for the Filipino-Japanese Journal | Heels by Jojo Bragais | Accessories by Christopher E Munar