Ahtisa Manalo withdraws from Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant

by Nikko Tuazon
Feb 2, 2020
Miss International 2018 first runner-up Ahtisa Manalo will not be joining the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant due to health reasons. The former Binibining Pilipinas-International titleholder made the announcement through Instagram last Saturday, February 1.
PHOTO/S: @ahtisa on Instagram

Hindi na sasabak sa Miss Universe Philippines (MUP) 2020 pageant ang Binibining Pilipinas-International 2018 na si Ahtisa Manalo.

Sa kanyang Instagram stories kahapon, February 1, naglabas ng official announcement si Ahtisa tungkol sa pag-urong nito sa Miss Universe Philippines competition upang pangalagaan ang kanyang kalusugan.

Aniya, "I need to take care of my health and I hope everyone will be understanding of it.

"I was hoping that I'll be able to join this year; but after considering the opinion of everyone important in my life, we decided it'd be best for me not to push through.

"Believe me that I want to give you the fight you want to see, but I honestly don't think I can manage to physically perform the duties of a candidate as this surely involves physically draining tasks."

Dagdag pa nito, "For now, I am gonna work on getting back to my 100% and continue hoping to step on the Miss Universe stage one day."

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Isa si Ahtisa sa inaasahan ng ilang pageant fans na sumali sa nasabing pageant simula nang kumalas ang Miss Universe sa Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc.

Ito ay dahil na rin sa magandang performance ni Ahtisa sa Miss International pageant noong 2018.

Si Ahtisa ang itinanghal na first runner-up ng pageant na ginanap noong November 9, 2018 sa Tokyo, Japan. Ang kandidata mula sa Venezuela na si Mariem Velazco ang nakapag-uwi ng Miss International crown.

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Sa ngayon, hindi pa naa-announce ng Miss Universe Philippines Organization na pinamumunuan ni Shamcey Supsup ang official candidates sa unang edition ng MUP.

Ngunit ilan sa mga kandidatang nagpasa rin ng kanilang application para sa MUP ay ang Binibing Pilipinas 2018 batchmates ni Ahtisa na sina Bb. Pilipinas-Globe 2018 Michele Gumabao at Binibining Pilipinas 2018 finalist Sandra Lemonon.

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Miss International 2018 first runner-up Ahtisa Manalo will not be joining the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant due to health reasons. The former Binibining Pilipinas-International titleholder made the announcement through Instagram last Saturday, February 1.
PHOTO/S: @ahtisa on Instagram
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