We often hear people say the Filipinos can learn a lot from the Japanese about many things, from their discipline to how they handle natural calamities. But what lessons from our way of life can they glean?
Bulletin Entertainment asked Atty. Bea Patricia “Patch” Magtanong that question at her send-off party tendered by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. The beauty will leave for Japan on Oct. 25 to compete in the Miss International 2019 pageant.
The ultimate goal of the pageant is to promote goodwill, understanding and strengthen cultural exchange.
“We all know Filipinos are very family-oriented. We always want to share our victories with our family members,” she began.
What strikes her the most about being Filipino is his ability to stay happy amid challenging times, and that they always “look to create” something to make everyone smile.
“It’s true na ang mga Filipinos mahilig sa kalokohan – of course, it’s not in a bad way – but ‘yung mga bagay na nakakatuwa talaga. They have this talent na they can do something that makapagpapasaya ng maraming tao,” she said.
She thinks discipline and having fun could be merged.
“It’s a matter of balance. We can learn from them na discipline is key, but we should not forget to have fun also.”
Eyeing the crown
At the party, Patch’s mom expressed her belief in the saying: “Good things come in threes.”
She’s pertaining to the things Patch has achieved so far this year.
Prior to bagging the Miss International-Philippines crown, the beauty queen-lawyer was among the hopefuls who passed the 2018 bar examinations.
“The third achievement would be the Miss International title,” the mom declared.
True enough, Patch is confident she could bring home to the Philippines its 5th Miss International crown.
Part of her preparations is learning the Japanese language as well as its culture.
The Miss International 2019 spearheads the Purple Ribbon campaign against violence towards women and their children.
As lawyer, Patch revealed she will tackle “social justice” in her speech.
“I will speak out for the marginalized sectors of the community. I will also talk about my advocacies and women empowerment. More than anything, I promise to say my speech from the heart, from my experience so that I would be more personal,” she said.
The 25-year-old is excited to meet her fellow candidates in Japan.
“I’m excited to immerse in a situation where there are so many people, so many stories,” she said. “I also believe that the competition will just be temporary—what stays is our relationship as sisters.”
Under the theme “Cheer All Women,” 89 contestants from around the world will compete in the pageant at Tokyo Dome City Hall on Nov. 12.
Mariem Velazco of Venezuela will crown her successor during the finals. Last year, Ma. Athisa Manalo of the Philippines finished first runner-up.
Patch didn’t miss the chance to thank all the people who’ve been supporting her beauty queen journey.
Believing in the saying “it takes a village to build a beauty queen,” she credited her family and team for helping her become the best version of herself.
“This competition really made me feel ‘yung presence ng family ko. It’s like kulang ang buhay mo talaga kapag wala sila,” she said, then narrated the little thing she appreciates from them.
“Like if I need to buy my medicines, kapag may kailangan ako… sila na ‘yung nagpiprisinta to buy it for me. ‘Yung mga little things like that is ‘yung nagpapakalakas ng loob ko because I know that they trust and they believe na I can do this.”
And to her team, Patch said she will not disappoint as she is more than ready to showcase all the hard work they’ve done as reflected in her performance at the finals.
Win or lose, what’s the first thing she will do the day after the competition?
“Spend time with my family.”