It looks like we’re geared to win the country’s seventh Miss International crown. Our representative, lawyer and Binibining Pilipinas queen Bea Patricia “Patch” Magtanong told In the Know that she’s got her strategy all figured out. We caught up with Atty. Patch before she left for Japan on Thursday, who looked like a beautiful Japanese doll with glowing round eyes thanks to her styling and makeup.
She says she really made an effort to study the Japanese culture and customs to fit right in the competition, which starts two weeks prior to November 12’s coronation night. She considers this lead up as one of the most crucial opportunities to really get into the minds and hearts of the pageant’s judges.
“From the beginning I’ve always been interested in the Japanese culture, mahilig ako sa anime so it was not new to me, but I still learned so many things that are no-no’s in the Japanese culture and I am glad that I had that training kasi here in the Philippines, sa atin OK lang iyon, but there they don’t like it when people for example are too loud on the train. They also have this high respect for their elders. Well we also respect our elders but their respect for theirs is really on a different level, and they have very specific customs for that so yung mga ganon.”
Magtanong added, “Actually, we really took time with the styling, the wardrobe. Kasi for Miss International, they’re very fashionable. They really pay importance to that kasi Japan is very fashion-forward. So that took a lot of time. Many people would think na hindi masyadong importante ‘yun, pero how you look is your first impression, ‘di ba?“
Above all, Atty. Patch believes Miss International, being the third biggest beauty pageant in the world, is a great platform for her advocacy of social justice, which she had been vocal about even before joining Binibining Pilipinas.
“I’ve long been advocating for prisoners’ rights. [And as the country’s representative to Miss International], I want to widen [the endeavor] to social justice kasi at the end of the day, that’s what lawyers fight for, di’ba? I want to incorporate that into being a beauty queen and having a louder voice.”
She also said she picked up so many good habits from passing the 2018 board exams. “It’s an advantage because, for one sanay ako sa hirap, sanay ako magpuyat at laging nag tra-trabaho at pagod. So I promise to put that effort that I put in law school to my International pageant.”
When it comes to mentoring, Patch says her predecessor Ahtisa Manalo got her covered. She expressed gratitude for her Binibini sister who walked her through each experience she had from which she could learn.
“What Ahtisa told me is to not forget to enjoy the moment because it will pass by so fast, and after you pass on the title, wala na. So it’s a once in a lifetime experience you have to enjoy, so she said not to forget to make connections with your sisters because that’s what you can continue even after the competition.”
Patch was also eager to share that even the last Filipina Miss International winner Kylie Versoza is rallying behind her. She even took time in between engagements to sit down and and motivate her.
“Kylie naman when she arrived in Japan she said did not have the mindset of the winner. She didn’t go there knowing thinking she was a winner, but her mindset was ‘I’m going to prove to everyone that I am a winner,’ and I think that’s perfect because it’s so arrogant to think the crown is mine, this is mine. Instead you have to earn it and prove it.”
Until next week!