Last January 9, I spent 24 hours with Bb. Pilipinas International 2019 Atty Bea Patricia “Patch” Magtanong when we were invited to the Miss Kuyamis 2020 Finals in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental. It was more than enough time for your blogger to sit down and have quality conversations with one of our beautiful Queens. I did not record our talks anymore because it always took place with at least one or two companions huddled around. Hence, a more casual chit-chat was in order.
While Patch is seriously considering legal practice the minute her contract with BPCI expires, she remains open to the possibility of joining Miss Universe Philippines. She is quite clear, though, that it won’t happen this year. 2021 perhaps? And with a smile, she signaled the timing would be more appropriate for such move. While she appears perfectly happy having represented us in Miss International 2019, I could feel a sense of longing for Miss Universe. We all know that she targeted that competition. So the alleged “green card” issue during the Bb. Pilipinas 2019 judges’ deliberations (that reportedly kept her name from being considered for the Miss Universe Philippines 2019 title) was like a fly in the ointment so to speak. She is happy for Gazini Ganados. But I know the subtle feeling of frustration in not getting what one worked hard for – with a “less-than-convincing” reason to accept as part of the fate.
So instead of a 2020 teaser, consider this blog entry as a year-long wait for a beautiful lady before she finally embarks on a second path in her pageant career.