Miss Universe Japan runner up Yuki Sonoda proudly declares Filipino heritage

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Miss Universe Japan 2020 2nd Runner-up Yuki Sonoda was born in Manila to a Filipino mother and Japanese father. Photo credits to Yuki Sonoda.

Miss Universe Japan runner up winner Yuki Sonoda takes pride in her Filipino heritage.

The Filipino-Japanese beauty won the second runner-up title in the Miss Universe Japan 2020 during the coronation night on October 29, 2020, held at Yamano Hall in Shibuya-ku in Tokyo. The Miss Universe Japan 2020 title was won by Aisha Harumi Tochigi.

In her video bio for the pageant, the Manila-born beauty queen shared that her mother is a Filipina while her father is Japanese.

“My father is Japanese and my mother is Filipina, so I was raised in two countries,” Sonoda said. “So when I came to Japan, I really did not speak any Japanese words so I had a hard time. But I didn’t give up. Because of this, I can now speak three languages fluently and this became my power.”

Yuki’s advocacy focuses on women’s health awareness which happens to be personal to her after she herself underwent an ovarian cyst surgery in 2019.

“During that time, I realized that I could have prevented this by having an annual check-up. I’d like to use my platform as Miss Universe to tell everyone in the world how important it is to be healthy and use my language skills to be the voice of the people,” she shared.

Yuki shined in her red evening gown during the finals night when she successfully reached the Top 5 and eventually won as the second runner-up.

During the Question and Answer portion, she was asked: “What is the most memorable message you received from your family?”

There, the bi-racial candidate answered: “The memorable message I received from my family is ‘now or never.’

“When I was ten years old, I came to Japan. I didn’t know how to speak Japanese but my mother told me that it is now or never that you can speak. So I learned from that and became stronger.

“So I think that if we want to do something, it is now or never. And I want to spread the word that if you want to do something, it is now or never. Thank you.”

Prior to joining the Miss Universe Japan 2020, Sonoda competed in various beauty pageants in Japan for years.

The Filipino-Japanese law graduate from Rikkyo University became a candidate for Miss World Japan in 2015 and joined Miss Supranational Japan 2016 where she won first runner-up.

In 2017, Sonoda bagged the Miss Asia Pacific Japan and represented the Land of the Rising Sun at the Miss Asia Pacific International in that same year where she ended up as one of the Top 10 finalists.

Meanwhile, the Philippines has also staged a locked-in Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant in Baguio City and crowned Rabiya Mateo who aims to duplicate the feat of Catriona Gray in the Miss Universe pageant in 2018.

WATCH the full performance of Yuki Sonoda during the finals of Miss Universe Japan 2020 here and SEND congratulations to the Filipino-Japanese beauty queen.

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I'd like to take this oppurtunity to say my sincerest gratitude to everyone that supported my journey throughout Miss Universe Japan. Words cannot express how thankful I am with all your support, help, trust, patience and love. Without you guys I would not achieve this placement. I'd like to express my thanks to the @missuniversejapan organization, @kodomakeup @rock_hairdesign @miyakomiyazaki @hancockjason0702 for giving me a chance to showcase my growth. To @hirokomima your words you told me before is what inspired me to join Miss Universe. You made me bloom into a new, much more empowered woman. Congratulations to @aishatochigi you deserve the crown, and to bring honor once again to Japan in the Miss Universe stage. You are one of my bestfriends in this pageant and I know you will shine! To all the girls, we are all queens!!! Congratulations, you were all beautiful and wonderful! I will truly cherish the memories we have had together. Each and everyone of you are special ⭐️ To @rlsangels @rlacanienta a million thanks to you for training me and It was such an honor to be one of your angels! Your continuous support made me push to reach for my best! ❤️ @myfren.online @kenbatino @ijevineleven, the amazing clothes gave me much more confidence to take on the MUJ challenges. Thank you @gakuyabykimgan @shira.kila , for reaching out to me for my preliminary gown. To @strokesbeautyph @momoisupe, @emmanconcepcion @bonitapenaranda @jericksanchez @enrico.louis @ton_lao thank you guys for pushing me to try and reach for my dreams! Thank you for the wonderful photos, inspiration and help! I will always remember you guys as the best glam team ❤️ To my family , my love Kohei, my best friends @mayael_013 , @_____yayoi_____ , @shidoboy, @trixielazaro , @meiracles , @yshramos and @rita.nurmaliza , your love and support is simply the best! Ia special thanks to @jundu123yahoocom @tom.ang1 Tita Jenny, @merlycalvelo for your support and for continuously cheering for me! I'd like to say special thanks to my fans! Your love and support for me is what fueled me to push for the crown! This is Yuki Sonoda, Miss Universe Japan 2nd Runner up! #missuniversejapan2020

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Lorenzo Cruz
Lorenzo Cruz believes that the power of beauty could help the Philippines to rise to the top. He is a travel and fashion enthusiast who loves to explore Filipino culture.