Patch Magtanong is overjoyed that she was able to turn over her prized Bb. Pilipinas International title to “one of [her] closest friends” Hannah Arnold.
Hannah's success in last weekend's Binibining Pilipinas pageant moved the beauty queen and lawyer to congratulate her successor in an emotional tribute post on Instagram.
"One of my closest friends won the Binibining Pilipinas International 2021 crown! Hannah, I don't know if you saw my message, but I cried backstage because I was so happy for you!," she proudly said on her post last Monday (July 12).
Patch went on to praise the hard work that Hannah put in to bag the crown, a dream that was three years in the making since the latter finished Top 15 in 2019.
"You worked so hard, sacrificed so much, and improved so tremendously!," Patch added, recognizing all of her friend’s sacrifices.
Following her victory in the Bb. Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night on Sunday (July 11), Hannah will represent the Philippines in this year’s Miss International, which is set to be held in Japan in November.
Patch expressed her excitement for her friend’s upcoming competition. "Finally this is happening for you. I am so, so, so excited and I know you will do great in Japan!," she said, cheering Hannah on.
Replying in a comment on Patch's post, the recently crowned Bb. Pilipinas International said: "Patchy, I'm going to cry again. I love you so much. It's an honor to be crowned by you! Oh my gosh, these memories."
Hannah returned the gesture with an equally touching post for her “Binibini sister and friend.”
Describing Patch as “ever so kind, inspiring, and loving,” Hannah said she will “forever cherish” the moment she shared with her friend.
Hannah also promised to use her “entire mind, body, and soul” to ensure she carries on Patch’s legacy..
In 2019, Patch finished in the Top 8 of Miss International. Hannah will compete later this year in hopes of becoming the seventh Filipina to win Miss International. The first one to win the title was Gemma Teresa Cruz-Araneta in 1964, followed by Aurora McKenney Pijuan in 1970, actress Mimilanie “Melanie” Laurel Marquez-Lawyer in 1979, actress and host Precious Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz in 2005, Fil-Canadian actress-model Bea Rose Monterde Santiago in 2013, and most recently, actress-model Kylie Fausto Verzosa.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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