Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez in scene-stealing long gown at Miss World Philippines 2018

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Alyssa Muhlach wears a blue Benj Leguiab IV long gown with a Philippine map detail during the Miss World Philippines 2018 coronation night.


Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez emerged victorious at the Miss World Philippines 2018 coronation night last Sunday, October 7, at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

She took home the crown of Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2018.

Pageant fans agreed that she was a stunner in her "Pia Wurtzbach-inspired" long gown, especially after she turned around to reveal the Philippine map detail on the upper back part of the gown.

A netizen lauded the designer of the gown, tweeting, "To the man behind this gown, you're a genius!"

The designer? Benj Leguiab IV.

"I put so much love and passion for this royal blue gown with Philippine island map on it as a sign for patriotism," Benj wrote on his social media posts.

"It is one of my best gown I ever made for Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez and for bringing her such excellence in Miss World Philippines 2018 Pageant. #ProudPinoy Congratulations!

"For being newly crowned as Miss Hispano Americana 2018.

"I call this a night to remember."

Alyssa revealed in her Instagram post that the gown's design was a collaboration with the designer.

She said, "I told him that I wanted my gown to show my love for the Philippines and he was able to come up with this beautiful gown that did just that."

Alyssa Muhlach in a blue mermaid-cut Benj Leguiab IV design.
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Miss World Philippines was Alyssa’s first attempt at pageantry.

In the same Instagram post, she briefly opened up about the insecurities that hindered her from joining a pageant.

"Before I joined a beauty pageant, thoughts like 'I'm not thin enough', 'I'm not pretty enough' and 'I'm not good enough' were the excuses that filled my head.

"But I was reminded that every accomplishment starts with a decision to try," the 22-year-old daughter of Almira Muhlach and Bong Alvarez wrote.

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She trained with Kagandahang Flores, one of the known beauty camps in the country, to boost her self-confidence. She also worked out with a fitness coach and monitored her food intake.

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Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2018. ❤️ (Part 1 of 3) • Maraming, maraming salamat po sa lahat ng inyong suporta! ❤️ Before I joined a beauty pageant, thoughts like “I’m not thin enough”, “I’m not pretty enough” and “I’m not good enough” were the excuses that filled my head. But I was reminded that every accomplishment starts with a decision to try. 😊 To those who may not know, it was last February 2018 when I started to first observe in the Kagandahang Flores camp. I always watched beauty pageants but I never knew about the training that the contestants needed to go through. I was able to train alongside contestants from 4 different beauty pageants and I learned that women who come from different backgrounds can gather in order to pursue their dreams and achieve their hopes and goals for society. ❤️ One day, I finally made up my mind and told myself that I was going to join Miss World Philippines 2018. 🌏 In preparation for that, I regularly trained with Tito Rodgil, Mommy G, Kuya Enan and Sir Migz in my camp (Kagandahang Flores), exercised with Sir @angelosmendez in @goldsgymphilippines , maintained a strict diet and many more. When I was chosen as one of the official candidates for MWP 2018, I was so overjoyed and thankful. ❤️ On that day, I met my most hardworking admins, Ate Cypress, Ate Beth and Art. I remember how I was in tears on my way home because I was so humbled and grateful. That day, the Lord reminded me that these people who have never met me yet believe in me, so why couldn’t I believe in myself as well? Words cannot fully express how grateful I am to each one of you who has supported me all the way and helped me gain confidence in myself. To my glam team, @jrcons, @brentopinion , @sherwinamodia and @styledbypatrickhenry , thank you so much for always making me look beautiful. I am so, so grateful to my amazing designer as well (Benj Leguiab IV, @benjleguiab_iv ). We both collaborated on this beautiful gown that I wore last night. I told him that I wanted my gown to show my love for the Philippines and he was able to come up with this beautiful gown that did just that. ❤️ [Photo: @niceprintphoto]

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