Miss Philippines Emma Mary Tiglao may have failed to win the back-to-back title nor secure a runner-up spot at the Miss Intercontinental 2019 pageant held in Egypt last December 20; but she’s still happy and proud of what she had achieved and experienced.
The 25-year-old Pampanga native first joined Binibining Pilipinas in 2014, and then Miss World Philippines in 2015 where she won the 4th Princess title.
Last June 2019, she made a strong comeback as Binibini and won the Binibining Pilipinas-Intercontinental crown, which earned her the privilege to represent the country in an the international pageant, which happened to be her ultimate dream.
In Egypt, where the Miss Interncontinental 2019 pageant was held, the country's contender showed strong performance and won Miss Sunrise Popularity award. However, she only reached Top 20 during the coronation night, when Philippines’s Karen Gallman, Miss Intercontinental 2018, also passed on the crown to Miss Hungary, Fanni Miko.
Earlier today, December 23, Emma went to social media to share her thoughts few days after her stint at the international pageant.
There she wrote: "What a wonderful experience! Still, my dream came true!
"Ang sarap isigaw ng PHILIPPINES in an international arena with pride and honour. Bringing all my years of sacrifices, hard work and determination. Bringing also the love and support of the people who truly believes in me."
The Miss Interncontinental Philippines candidate also shared that she has found her "real crown" by giving her best performance and receiving love and support from the people who appreciated it.
"We may not have the Intercontinental crown but I know I have my real crown and that is your genuine love, gorgeous people. The true measure of life is not really the winning part but the moment you know you gave your best and your authentic self wherein people saw it in their eyes and felt it in their hearts.”
The Kapampangan lass also recalled her best times with her co-candidates and how she found a family each one of them.
"I competed there not bringing only my name but the whole country. I competed with 75 diverse beauties and personalities. I learned so much and appreciate more the diversity of life. And at the end, those hugs from the candidates reminded me that I have a new family to call.
"Pageant doesn’t define a true Queen but her compassionate soul who made an impact to the people is what really matters.
"At masasabi kong hanggang sa huli nailaban ko, PILIPINAS," Emma conluded.
We're excited what's lies ahead for you, Emma!