Despite coming off short in winning the crown of Miss International 2019, Patch Magtanong left us with empowering speech for all women out there.

In the annual Miss International 2019 pageant held in Japan, Philippine representative, Bea Patricia “Patch” Magtanong, hoped to bag another win for the country following Kylie Versoza’s in 2016. She came off at 8th place, however, she didn’t forget to impart some of her knowledge to the audience.

In the final round of the competition, Magtanong addressed the issue of gender inequality, stressing that no woman should be left behind.

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“Why should women live in fear of harassment, violence, and discrimination when basic human decency calls for respect, tolerance and compassion?” Magtanong asked.

“To cheer all women means to support all women regardless of the race, religion or background. But not only this, it also means to remove the barriers that prevent women from realizing their full potential,” she explained.

More than this, Patch also showcased true Filipino culture by using a Tausug-inspired dress for her national costume.

Designed by Amir Sali, the dress shows off the versatility of the malong, a staple clothing from Mindanao. “From a skirt to a blanket, or even to wrap or swaddle a newborn baby. So much thought, detail, and love was put into this costume and I was so proud to wear it,” Patch exclaimed.

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