Winwyn Marquez turns over Reina Hispanoamericana crown to Venezuela

Filipina actress and beauty queen Teresita "Winwyn" Marquez, who won the pageant last year, turned over her crown to the Venezuelan beauty.Instagram/Nariman Cristina Battikha

BOLIVIA — Philippine representative Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez ended her run early at the Miss Reina Hispanoamericana 2018 pageant as she failed to make it to the top 10 during the competition on Sunday at Salon SirionoFexpocruz in Bolivia.

Nariman Cristina Battikha of Venezuela  won the title, followed by IsabelePandiniNigueira of Brazil as Miss VirreinaHispanoamericana. Completing the winners are Miss Mexico, Miss Paraguay, Miss Bolivia and Miss Chile.

“MaramingSalamatposalahat ng nag tiwala at salahat ng sumportasaakin,” Marquez said in an Instagram post before turning over the crown.

The Philippines joined the pageant for the first time last year, making Marquez the first Filipina to win the title.

Although Alyssa failed to make a back-to-back win for the Philippines, she made headlines for her Philippine-flag-inspired gowns designed by BenjLeguiab IV.

Reina Hispanoamericana is an international pageant celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture.

The Philippines has not won a beauty pageant title yet this year.

Next to represent the Philippines will be Ahtisa Manalo at the Miss International 2018 pageant in Japan on November 9; Katarina Rodriguez at the 68th Miss World on December 8 in Sanya, China; and Catriona Gray at the 67th Miss Universe on December 17 in Bangkok, Thailand.