Ahtisa Manalo withdraws Miss Universe Philippines bid
MANILA, Philippines – Binibining Pilipinas International 2018 Ahtisa Manalo announced she will no longer push through with her application as a Miss Universe Philippines candidate this year.
On her Instagram on Saturday, February 1, Ahtisa, who was Miss International 2018 1st runner-up, said she decided to withdraw her application so she could focus on taking care of herself.
"I need to take care of my health and I hope everyone will be understanding of it," Ahtisa said.
"I was hoping that I'll be able to join this year; but after considering the opinion of everyone important in my life, we decided it'd be best for me not to push through.
"Believe me that I want to give you the fight you want to see, but I honestly don't think I can manage to physically perform the duties of a candidate as this surely involves physically draining tasks."
Ahtisa said that for now, she will work 100% to get herself ready when she decides to compete and be a Miss Universe Philippines candidate.
Ahtisa's announcement comes after she was spotted last January 31 at the Empire Studios to file her application form for the Miss Universe Philippines pageant. She is one of the favorites to join the competiton.
Another batchmate of Ahtisa, Bb Pilipinas Globe 2018 Michele Gumabao applied to be a candidate in the competition.
Ahtisa represented Quezon in Binibining Pilipinas 2018, whose batch produced two queens – Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Miss Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman.
She competed in Japan in the Miss International pageant in Japan, where she emerged as 1st runner-up to Venezuela's Mariam Velazco.
Official candidates for Miss Universe Philippines will be announced soon. – Rappler.com