"I have to admit that yesterday I was upset and in shock with the news of the 2021 edition of Miss International being canceled," the 25-year-old confessed on Instagram.
Hannah says that she nevertheless understands that the event was canceled ultimately for everyone's safety.
"However, waking up today and discussing it with my loved ones, BPCI (Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated), and my MI (Miss International) sisters from all around the world, we realized [that] it’s in the best interest of the [organization] to keep us safe at this time."
The Masbate beauty queen shared that she will make use of the time and opportunity to grow and focus on her advocacy work on children's education.
"I will definitely use this reign to grow more, focus on my advocacy work, and most importantly, pursue the goal of 'cheering all women.'"
"Let’s remind ourselves that a new month means a new beginning, a new mindset, and a new result."
"First, let’s start the BER months with a little laugh in the rain."
The 60th edition of Miss International was supposed to be held in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2021. Based on its announcement, the Miss International Organization chose to cancel the pageant after "Taking into consideration the health and safety issues, as well as the ongoing global impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic."
The pageant's next edition is slated to be held in autumn in 2022.