Kung kabi-kabila ang TV coverage kina Bb. Pilipinas-International Melody Gersbach at Bb. Pilipinas-World Marie-Ann Umali bago sila tumungo sa kani-kanilang beauty pageants abroad, tila walang kaabug-abog na lumipad palabas ng bansa ang former Bb. Pilipinas-World (1996) na si Daisy Reyes-Iqbal para naman sa 2009 Mrs. World pageant na gaganapin sa November 22 sa Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, Vietnam.
Walang kamalay-malay si Daisy na magiging official representative siya ng Pilipinas sa international pageant na ito. Nag-back off ang unang napili at si Daisy ang hinilingang humalili. Umalis siya ng bansa noong November 6.
"Nagulat pa nga si Daisy when the local franchisee of Mrs. World approached the former Bb. Pilipinas. Biglaan lang itong alis ni Daisy kasi nga yung dapat na official representative natin had to beg off from joining the pageant because of personal and family problems. She's in America right now. That's why at the last minute, they have to look for a replacement," says Daisy's manager and publicist, Ma. Linda Celestial.
STILL A QUEEN. Dagdag ni Linda, "So when the opportunity was offered to Daisy she didn't have second thought in accepting it. Kulang man sa preparasyon, Daisy had to accept the challenge. After all, she was crowned Bb. Pilipinas-World in 1996. She still maintains that regal stance onstage and she still has the face and figure of a beauty queen.
Daisy is now happily married to an Indian national at may isa na siyang anak, si Lauren Reyes, five years old.
More than 70 delegates from around the world will take part in Mrs. World. The event has been in existence for more than 18 years. Ang reigning Mrs. World ay si Natalia Shmarenkova ng Ukraine.
The Mrs. World coronation night will be held on November 22 and will be aired the following day at 9 p.m. (Manila time) on cable channel Star World.