Walang pagsisi at sama ng loob ang ating pambato sa Miss International 2019 na si Bea Patricia “Patch” Magtanong kung hindi man niya naiuwi ang korona sa bansa.
Umabot lamang si Patch sa Top 8 kung saan ang kandidatang si Sireethorn Leearamwat ng Thailand ang nagwagi sa ginanap na grand coronation sa Tokyo, Japan, noong nakaraang Martes, November 12.
Sa kanyang Instagram kahapon, November 16, sinabi niyang isa sa mga goals niya sa pagtuntong sa stage ng Miss International ay ang makapagtalumpati ng isang magandang speech.
Pero hindi naman daw ibig sabihin nito na ang pagsungkit sa korona ay hindi na niya pangarap.
Sabi ni Patch, “My goal in Miss International was to deliver an excellent speech upon reaching the Top 8.
“That’s not to say that I didn’t aim to win, but I say that because I was never one to dwell on things outside my control.”
Dagdag pa niya, nakasalalay din ang pagkapanalo ng isang kandidata sa kanyang suwerte sa buhay.
Saad pa niya, “I knew that once I delivered my speech, I would have already done everything within my power, and it would be up to fate or luck whether or not I would get the crown.
“Standing there with 7 equally deserving ladies, I surrendered everything and I was ready to accept whatever placement would be given to me.
“This year, we were asked to speak about our definition of the Miss International slogan #CheerAllWomen.
"I’m so grateful to have had the chance to speak about my truth, and the truth of all women who have had limitations placed on them based on their gender. It’s not everyday you are given a huge platform to speak about something you care deeply about!”
Nagpasalamat naman siya sa kanyang mga kababayan na walang sawang nagpaabot ng suporta sa kanya.
Sabi niya, “To my country, and to everyone who believed in me, thank you from the bottom of my heart! Your support is a prize on its own!
“To be a Miss Philippines has been the greatest experience of my life, thank you for letting me represent you! Domo arigatou gozaimasu!”
Samantala, narito naman ang kabuuan ng speech ni Patch sa international pageant na tumatalakay sa women empowerment at gender equality:
"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 and 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 race, religion and background but not only this.
"It also means to remove the barriers to prevent women from realizing their full potential.
"Miss International does this by fostering a culture of women empowerment and gender equality and through this platform we can ensure that no woman anytime anywhere is left behind."
Ang Pilipinas ay nagwagi na ng anim na korona sa Miss International.
Kabilang sa mga winning titlists sina: Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Mimilanie “Melanie” Marquez (1979), Precious Lara Quigaman (2005), Bea Rose Santiago (2013), at Kylie Verzosa (2016).