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‘Greatest honor’: Bb. Pilipinas journey ends for Patch Magtanong, Samantha Bernardo

/ 12:56 PM July 12, 2021
Patch Magtanong and Samantha Bernardo

Patch Magtanong and Samantha Bernardo. Image: Instagram/@patchmag, @samanthabernardo__

Bb. Pilipinas International 2019⁣ Patch Magtanong and Miss Grand International first runner-up Samantha Bernardo reminisced over their journey in Binibining Pilipinas as they handed over their crowns to the beauty pageant’s new queens.

Magtanong believes that her stint in Binibining Pilipinas is the “greatest honor of her life,” as she thanked the organization through her Instagram page yesterday, July 11. Her message was accompanied by a photo of her wearing a purple fringed dress and her crown.

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“Thank you [Binibining Pilipinas] for the greatest honor of my life — to represent my beloved Philippines!” Magtanong said.

Magtanong finished at the top eight of the Miss International 2019 pageant in Japan. Her crown was inherited by Masbate’s candidate Hannah Arnold.

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For her part, Bernardo showed a photo of herself wearing a green gown while she recalled joining the Binibining Pilipinas competition three times, as seen on her Instagram page today, July 12.

“What a journey it has been! My [three] years [on the Binibining Pilipinas] stage pushed me to go beyond my boundaries,” she said, pointing out that her experience with the beauty pageant taught her self-love, compassion and purpose.

She noted that through Binibining Pilipinas, she found her passion as an entrepreneur, financial advisor and advocate against malaria.

“I will forever be grateful for Binibining Pilipinas for giving me not only one chance, but [three] chances to prove myself that I can do it and be the queen that I am today,” she added.

Bernardo’s crown was given to Cavite’s Samantha Panlilio. Bernardo earned a second-place finish in the Miss Grand International 2020 pageant earlier this year.

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Aside from Arnold and Panlilio, titles were also awarded to Maureen Montagne as Bb. Pilipinas Globe and Cinderella Obeñita as Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental.

This year’s ceremony saw the first all-female hosting tandem in Binibining Pilipinas, with Miss Grand International 2016 first runner-up Nicole Cordovez and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. JB

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