Fifty ladies vied for grand titles at the coronation night of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018 held Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Sharifa Akeel of Sultan Kudarat was named Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International 2018, while Aya Fernandez of Taguig was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International 2018.
During the question-and-answer portion of the pageant, Akeel was asked about diversity in beauty pageants.
"I will set myself as an example of it because Mutya ng Pilipinas openly accepted me for who I am despite of my religion. It only means that Mutya ng Pilipinas promotes diversity, beauty in diversity," she answered.
Fernandez, meanwhile, was asked about natural beauty and her advice to fellow Filipinos about self-care.
"What advice I can give to my generation on maintaining beauty is that beauty comes from within. But above all, a woman will stand out if she is beautiful in and out," Fernandez said.
Here are how Mutya ng Pilipinas-Global Beauty Queen 2018 Pauline Amelinckx and Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism Queen of the Year International 2018 Kesha Ramachandran took on the question-and-answer portion of the pageant.
Mutya ng Pilipinas-Global Beauty Queen 2018 Pauline Amelinckx
Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism Queen of the Year International 2018 Kesha Ramachandran