Miss Philippines Patricia Magtanong finished in the Top 8 of the Miss International 2019 competition at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday, November 12.
Miss Thailand Sireethorn Leearamwat was named Miss International 2019. Leearamwat was also named Miss International Asia.
The other winners were:
1st runner-up: Miss Mexico Andrea Toscano
2nd runner-up: Miss Uganda Evelyn Namatovu
3rd runner-up: Miss Colombia Maria Alejandra Vengoechea
4th runner-up: Miss United Kingdom Harriotte Lane
In her speech, Magtanong said: “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 the 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 women any time anywhere is left behind.”
Filipino-American Raquel Basco of Hawaii was named Miss International Oceania.
Other Continental Queens were Miss Liberia Naomi Nucia Glay (Miss International Africa), Miss Netherlands Elize Joanne de Jong (Miss International Europe), and Miss Peru Maria Jose Barbis (Miss International America).
Miss Venezuela Melissa Jimenez received Best in Evening Gown, while Miss Guadeloupe Noēmie Milne won Miss Photogenic.
Prior to the pageant, Magtanong thanked her supporters through social media.
“The crown is still waiting for its new queen, but I already feel like I’ve won. Thank you to everybody supporting me, to my entire country, and beyond it. It’s been an honor representing the Philippines,” Magtanong said.
Magtanong said she had the “most amazing cultural experience” and gained “friendships to last for a lifetime” through the pageant.
Magtanong’s predecessor, Ahtisa Manalo, won first runner up in last year’s competition.