Award-winning composer of MFI theme "FILIPINA" earns multiple honors



     (LOS ANGELES, CA - December 9, 2019) - Miss Filipina International (MFI) pageant organizers recently offered its congratulations to Jonathan Manalo, award-winning songwriter/producer of its newly-released theme song, “FILIPINA,” which debuted at this year’s Coronation Night, held on July 27, 2019, in Redondo Beach, CA.  The song was written by Manalo, and performed by the Philippines’ “Soul Supreme Diva,” KZ Tandingan. Manalo was recently celebrated in Manila with multiple Awit Awards, among the highest honors bestowed annually by the Philippines recording industry, after garnering a record-breaking 22 nominations for his superlative body of work.  Mr. Manalo also served as a member of the board of judges during this year’s Preliminary Competition.  Previously, the panel of judges has included former Lakers great Byron Scott, NBA Hall of Famer Jamaal Wilkes, MLB star Royce Clayton, Grammy winners and Tia Carrere, former Miss Universes Dayanara Torres, Margaret Gardiner and Margie Moran, to name a few.  

The theme song, which promotes a theme of female empowerment, has earned good reviews from many patrons and followers of the pageant.  It has been used in major stage production numbers during the annual pageant, and as a soundtrack to the 2-hour TV special which aired worldwide on TFC.  

MISS FILIPINA INTERNATIONAL is a global search for those special young women in today's Filipino communities around the country and the world with the beauty, grace and dynamic personalities and intelligence that set them apart from the rest.

The pageant has earned the unique distinction of being the only one of its kind with tourism promotion as its fundamental core value, and also holds the status of being the only US-Filipino pageant to have been nationally and globally televised in each of its seven years in existence. This year's edition featured candidates from around the world, including Spain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and all across the USA.

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