19 Nov– Although she did not succeed in winning back the Miss International crown, beauty queen Bea Patricia "Patch" Magtanong is still happy to be able to make it to top 8 of the recent pageant.
Magtanong, who represented the Philippines at the competition held in Japan last week, took to social media to share a speech she made during the top 8 segment, writing, "My goal in Miss International was to deliver an excellent speech upon reaching the Top 8. That's not to say that I didn't aim to win, but I say that because I was never one to dwell on things outside my control."
"I knew that once I delivered my speech, I would have already done everything within my power, and it would be up to fate or luck whether or not I would get the crown. Standing there with 7 equally deserving ladies, I surrendered everything and I was ready to accept whatever placement would be given to me," she added.
Magtanong revealed that the contestants were all asked to speak about their definition of the Miss International slogan CheerAllWomen.
"I'm so grateful to have had the chance to speak about my truth, and the truth of all women who have had limitations placed on them based on their gender. It's not every day you are given a huge platform to speak about something you care deeply about! To [Miss International], thank you!"
She also thanked everybody, especially her supporters, adding that to be a Miss Philippines has been the greatest experience of her life.
Her speech was as follows:
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 and 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 race, religion and background but not only this.
It also means to remove the barriers to prevent women from realizing their full potential. Miss International does this by fostering a culture of women empowerment and gender equality and through this platform we can ensure that no woman anytime anywhere is left behind.
(Photo Source: Patch Magtanong Instagram)