MANILA – Another beauty queen is believed to be interested in joining the new Miss Universe Philippines pageant.
Bea Patricia “Patch” Magtanong, who recently represented the Philippines in Miss International, had a cryptic Instagram post hours after it was announced that a new organization will hold the Miss Universe franchise in the country.
On Instagram, she wrote: “When the heart speaks, listen. When purpose calls, follow.”
This prompted Magtanong’s fans to speculate that the beauty queen-turned-lawyer has set her sights on the Miss Universe Philippines crown, which was won by Gazini Ganados this year.
Even the local pageant website Philippine Pageantry joined the conversation as it shared Magtanong’s post.
“So ayun na nga rin, baka naman [gusto mo ring sumali],” it said in an Instagram post.
Prior to Magtanong, Philippine Pageantry re-posted the statement of beauty queen Ahtisa Manalo which also coincided with the announcement of the transfer of the Miss Universe franchise in the Philippines to a namesake organization.
Manalo is Magtanong’s predecessor as Binibining Pilipinas International. She placed first runner-up in 2018, while Magtanong finished in the Top 8 this year.