Maria Ahtisa Manalo Crowned Binibining Pilipinas International 2018
Maria Ahtisa Manalo was crowned as Miss International Philippines 2018 in the 55th edition of Binibining Pilipinas, which took place on March 18, 2018 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines. She succeeds Mariel de Leon as the new Miss International Philippines, and will now represent Philippines at Miss International 2018, wherein Kevin Lilliana of Indonesia will crown her successor as the next Miss International.
During the same event, Catriona Gray was crowned as Miss Universe Philippines 2018, Karen Gallman was titled as Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2018, Eva Patalinjug was announced as Miss Grand Philippines 2018, while Jehza Mae Huelar emerged as Miss Supranational Philippines 2018 and Michele Gumabao finished as the winner of Miss Globe Philippines 2018.
The coronation gala of Binibining Pilipinas 2018 was hosted by the third Filipino Miss Universe, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, alongside Filipino actor, Richard Gutierrez.
In last one decade, Philippines has proved its immense potential by winning one Miss Universe crown in the courtesy of Pia Wurtzbach (2015), two Miss International crowns in the courtesy of Bea Rose Santiago (2013) and Kylie Verzosa (2016), one Miss Supranational crown in the courtesy of Mutya Datul (2013).