Mariel de Leon flew to Japan on Wednesday to represent the Philippines at the Miss International pageant.
"Tokyo, get ready for the Lion Queen!" she wrote on Instagram before the flight.
Mariel is thrilled to travel to Japan for the first time. On Wednesday afternoon, she posted a photo of herself at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport with her "Philippines" sash on.
I’m super excited to go to Japan for the very first time! See you on Wednesday, Japan! ???????? Photography: Raymond Saldaña Gown: Pablo Galicia Mendez III Styling: Mikee Andrei Accessories: Christopher E Munar Makeup: Raymond Galang/Carissa Cielo Medved Hair: Jim Ryan Ros #MissInternationalPhilippines #MissInternationalPhilippines2017 #MissInternational #??????????? #MissInternational2017 #???????????2017
The Miss International pageant will be held on November 14, where Kylie Verzosa will pass on her crown to the 2017 winner.
Will Mariel pull off a back-to-back win for the Philippines? — Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/BM, GMA News