One week after returning home to the Philippines, Miss International 1st Runner-up Ma. Ahtisa Manalo had a congratulatory press conference hosted by the Bb. Pilipinas Charities.
The beauty queen reminisced her rich experiences when she was still competing at the Miss International pageant in Japan until she finally won the distinction of being first runner-up to Miss Venezuela Mariem Velazco who was celebrating her birthday that day.
Manalo describes Mariem’s win as destiny.
“I don’t thin she won because it is her birthday that day,” says Manalo. “All 77 delegates worked hard for it. We prepared for it.”
Ahtisa believes that it is unfair for people to say that the Venezuelan won just because she was celebrating her birthday on the date of the coronation.
“She worked hard for it also.”
The young beauty queen from Quezon also disclosed that as far as preparation, “I prepared for six months and I think I did my best but my best is still not the best for Miss International.
Manalo hopes that despite coming short of winning the title, she hoped that he made her countrymen proud.
“We also wanted the crown,” Manalo said. “But I have a different destiny.”
As part of the Top 5, Ahtisa Manalo also stayed and represented Miss International in various activities in Japan.
“We are going back to Japan. They have lined up activities for us. They treat us equally as if we are all queens.”