Binibining Pilipinas beauties (from left) Stacey Gabriel, Chelsea Fernandez, Hannah Arnold, and Maureen Montagne. Image from Armin P. Adina
MANILA, Philippines — Binibining Pilipinas Maureen Montagne punctuated her decade-long pageant “career” by relinquishing her crown as The Miss Globe in October in Albania, a title that also served as her valedictory in a colorful journey in pageantry, a fulfillment of her dream to give the Philippines an international crown. One would wonder if someone as accomplished as she still has a wish for the coming Christmas. But she still does.
“My Christmas wish is for Hannah [Arnold] to win Miss International and bring home the seventh crown because she is so deserving,” Montagne told the Inquirer in an interview at the sidelines of the press conference for Araneta City’s “Christmas Like No Other” holiday program on Oct. 28 at the Novotel Manila Araneta City in Quezon City. She hosted the event.
With everything her heart desires for herself already fulfilled, the Filipino-American model now yearns for something for somebody else, her Bb. Pilipinas sister and batchmate.
Both Montagne and Arnold signed up for the 2020 Bb. Pilipinas pageant that extended to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Montagne went on to The Miss Globe pageant and snagged the international crown, while the latter had to wait for the 60th Miss International pageant to push through.