Representing Pasig City, Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez, 22, was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2018 on October 7, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. She will represent the Philippines in Reina Hispanoamericana 2018 on November 3, 2018.
In the final question and answer portion, Alvarez was asked who she thought are discriminated against in Philippine society and how she would help them in their plight. She said, “I think that when it comes to discrimination, it’s not just about race.”
“In the Philippines, one very important social issue we’re facing now is discrimination against women in the workplace,” Alvarez continued. “A very important issue we’re facing now is the gender pay gap. I think, personally, your gender should not determine how much you are paid or you get. I think that (being a) feminist isn’t about just (fighting for) equality, it’s about…”
Before being crowned as Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2018, Alvarez received four sponsor awards. These are Miss Best Skin, Miss Erase Placenta, Miss BYS Philippines and Miss GGOX.
Miss World president Julia Morley, 79, attended the Miss World Philippines 2018 coronation night. Among the 17 judges were Miss World 2013 Megan Young, 28, of the Philippines, Miss World 2016 Stephanie del Valle, 21, of Puerto Rico and reigning Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar, 21, of India.
Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita Márquez will crown her successor at the Salon Siriono of Fexpocruz in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Alvarez is expected to compete against 30 Reina Hispanoamericana 2018 candidates.
Marquez, the first Filipino Reina Hispanoamericana candidate and the first Asian titleholder in the international pageant, is the daughter of actors Joey Marquez and Alma Moreno. On the other hand, Alvarez is the daughter of actress Almira Muhlach and former basketball player Bong Alvarez.
Aside from Alvarez, three other queens were crowned during the Miss World Philippines 2018 coronation night. They are Miss Eco Philippines 2018 Maureen Montagne, 25, Miss Multinational Philippines 2018 Kimi-Lei Mugford, 18, and Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez, 26.
Meanwhile, here is Marquez answering Miss Universe questions: