Maxine Medina was named as Miss Universe Philippines 2016 — the great news was announced at the end of Binibining Pilipinas 2016 pageant night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Sunday, April 17, 2016.
In the defining moment of the Binibining Pilipinas 2016 beauty pageant, the judges gave the Top 15 with simple and yet taught questions during the Question and Answer (Q&A) Portion.
Below is the transcript of questions asked by the judges and the answers replied by the contestants.
Bb 29 Maria Mika Maxine Medina
Question: Even if her parents can afford to send her to school, a 15-year-old girl wants to stop her studies. What would be your advice to her?
Answer: I would tell the girl to study hard no matter what the parents would tell her because having an education is something that cannot [be taken by] anybody else. Education can make you an even better person.
Bb 31 Kylie Verzosa
Question: Why do you deserve to win a Binibining Pilipinas crown tonight?
Answer: The person who deserves to win Binibining Pilipinas crown tonight is the person who has worked hard for it and is willing to do everything to continue the legacy of the Philippines. She is confident with an attitude and has a personality and I believe I am her.
Bb 9 Roshiela Tobias
Question: Would you compromise your integrity and personal values just to win a crown? Why and why not?
Answer: I won’t compromise my integrity just to win the crown. Because for I believe what I stand for. I will just do my best just do what is right for I believe always sees everything what we do.
Bb 22 Apriel Smith
Question: Women use make-up to enhance facial features, do you think it’s appropriate for men to do the same?
Answer: For me, I think it’s not because if you do believe in your physical attribute is beautiful, you wouldn’t do put on any make-up on your face. And if any woman would accept who you are and as you are, this includes the strength and weaknesses of a man to learn and to grow more.
Bb 13 Joanna Eden
Question: If you are to choose between having a multi-million business or a crown, what would you choose and why?
Answer: I would choose to have the crown because with the crown comes not the responsibility but the ability to inspire other people. And I really think if we start with each individual, we can help better the world.
Bb 5 Riana Pangindian
Question: If you have the chance to ask our own Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach on question, what would that question be?
Answer: I would ask our Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, how does it feel to compete in Miss Universe? Because I would like to get some advice from her. And more than that, I would like to ask about her advocacy and how she is confidentially beautifully with a heart and bring pride and honor to our country?
Bb 38 Angelica Alita
Question: What do you think is the most undervalued profession right now? And why?
Answer: I would say the most undervalued profession right now is being a teacher. Because I believe that the teachers have very a big impact in the students right now. Like they teach us every single thing we have to know, wether it comes to social issues to physical thing we have to fix but they haven’t been appreciated much.
Bb 4 Kimberle Penchon
Question: What kind of leaders do Filipinos needs today?
Answer: The kind of leader the Filipinos needs today is a parental leader. Someone is parent enough, someone who simplifies with the people, someone who encourage them to go forward and approach their goals.
Bb 16 Vina Openiano
Question: If men and women are equal, why men are ought to give their seats to women in public transports.
Answer: I think because they are gentlemen and being a man, they should be gentle to each woman. And I believe we are all connected, what you do can help up and what we do can help everyone.
Bb 12 Edjelyn Joy Gamboa
Question: One of Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach’s advocacy is to stop cyber bullying, how will you help her with this advocacy?
Answer: If I win Binibining Pilipinas tonight, of course I will have the crown and having a crown is influential and I will use my convincing aura of beauty to influence, especially the youth, that they shouldn’t let anyone makes inferior. That will be all. Thank you.
Bb 28 Nichole Manalo
Question: What is the toughest challenge a Filipina of your age faces nowadays?
Answer: For me, the toughest challenge a Filipina of today faces is to be courageous, determined, and resilient. But what I would advice to her is to continue to have that quality because when you have that quality you can always stand of what you believe in, to make things happen; and you can transform not just yourself, but the society into the best version of it.
Bb 37 Jehza Mae Huelar
Question: How will you encourage a Filipino citizen, who is feeling hopeless, to cast his or her vote?
Answer: I would encourage the person who is hopeless by changing his mindset. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Thank you.
Bb 11 Nicole Cordoves
Question: If you could switch body with somebody for one day, who would it be and why?
Answer: If I could switch bodies with somebody for one day, it would probably be our kind president because I’d like to know how he handled every decision he ever made. It must have been so hard, even though sometimes it is sometimes unpopular. I would like to know how he brought the Philippines from being the “Sick Man of Asia” to the “Bright Spot of Asia”. I would like to think, how we get advice from our president. Thank you.
Bb 26 Jennifer Hammond
Question: Winning one of the crowns tonight will make you your country’s Ambassador of Goodwill. What international problem or issue would you focus on and how would you address the problem?
Answer: I would focus on terrorism because I think that is one of the major problems of the world right now; and I would encourage people to fight for their belief by kind words, by communication because I think communication begets understanding, and understanding begets tolerance, and tolerance begets peace. Thank you.
Bb 27 Dindi Pajares
Question: In a few months we will have a new set of country leaders. what is your message to our next president?
Answer: My message to our next president is to be a person of being competent, a person who is transparent, and he or she should be someone with the desire to serve the people. I just want to tell him that, have a heart of a hero that is willing to fight for the sovereign dignity of our country. Thank you!