By Inday Chikadora | 10:09 PM December 13, 2019
Beauty pageant fans are keeping their collective fingers crossed, hoping that the Miss World Philippines Michelle Dee would equal, if not surpass, her mom 1979 Miss International Melanie Marquez’s record.
She is one step further to the crown after securing a Top 40 placement in Miss World after she won her Head-to-Head challenge against the representative of Turkey.
On Instagram Wednesday, December 11, Michelle said: ‘It’s been such a proud moment for us today mga kababayan as we’ve officially secured a spot in the Top 40 through the Head to Head Challenge!!”
The Head-to-Head Challenge is a segment where the candidates give a brief description of themselves and their advocacies.
She also shared she was in the Top 20 finalists for the Beauty with a Purpose segment. In the category, it was more about the advocacies the candidates were pursuing.
With Michelle now in the Top 40, she is one step closer to winning the Miss World crown on Saturday, December 14, in London.
Michelle hopes to be the second Filipina to win the title. The last was Megan Young back in 2013.
The two met in London as former Miss World Megan is in London to co-host the upcoming coronation night.
Reported to be an ‘early favorite’, Michelle’s national costume designed by Francis Libiran is calculated to draw raves from those at the venue and from televiewers.