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    PH bet Patch Magtanong finishes in Top 8 of Miss International 2019

    MANILA, Philippines – Bea Patricia "Patch" Magtanong, the country's representative in the Miss International 2019, finished in Top 8 or closer to winning the seventh Miss International crown for the Philippines.

    Patricia Magtanong during the Miss International 2019 speech competition
    Patricia Magtanong during the Miss International 2019 speech competition. Screengrab from Facebook video.

    Magtanong fell short of the Top 5 spots after the final round of the competition.

    The Top 8 finalists were asked to present a speech on why they should be the next Miss International winner.

    The 25-year-old lawyer and model talked about gender equality and women empowerment. "Through this platform, we can ensure that no woman anytime, anywhere is left behind.

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    “When I was younger, I found it strange that I was subjected to different standards as other boys my age. When I got older and even more so when I became a lawyer, I began to question these standards and challenge them. Why should women live in fear of harassment, violence, and discrimination when basic human decency calls for respect, tolerance, and compassion?

    “To cheer all women means to support all women regardless of their race, religion, or background. But not only this – it also means to remove the barriers that prevent women from realizing their full potential. Miss International does this by fostering a global culture of women empowerment and gender equality. And through this platform, we can ensure that no woman anytime, anywhere is left behind.”

    Miss Thailand Sireethorn Leearamwat was hailed the new queen.

    Mexico's Andrea Toscano was the first runner-up. It was followed by Uganda's Evelyn Namatovu, Colombia's Maria Alejandra Vengoechea, and United Kingdom's Harriotte Lane.

    Special awards were also given:

    • Miss International Oceania - Miss Hawaii
    • Miss International Africa - Miss Libera
    • Miss International Asia - Miss Thailand
    • Miss International Europe - Miss Netherlands
    • Miss International America - Miss Peru

    The coronation night was held at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on Tuesday.

    Here's the full video of the pageant (courtesy of Miss International on Facebook):


    Kylie Verzosa won the sixth Miss International crown for the Philippines in 2016. Last year, Ahtisa Manalo finished first runner-up.

    — The Summit Express

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