1. Maxine Medina, Miss Universe Philippines 2016
Quotable Quote: "Education can make you an even better person."
Why it stands out: Though the question may seem easy to answer, Maxine’s answer sums up the importance of education in molding a person. No matter what the odds are, nothing beats the power of finishing school.
2. Kylie Verzosa, Bb. Pilipinas-International 2016
Quotable quote: "She is confident with an attitude and has a personality and I believe I am her."
Why it stands out: Her answer may remind us of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach’s “confidently beautiful with a heart” answer, but the way she delivered this line on stage shows how ready she is for this significant moment in her life.
3. Joanna Eden, Binibining Pilipinas-Intercontinental 2016
Quotable quote: "If we start with each individual, we can help better the world."
Why it stands out: Joanna’s answer is very timely, especially with the national elections coming up in a few weeks’ time. Our candidates for the upcoming elections can only do so much; in order for change to truly happen, we should start with ourselves first.
4. Jennifer Hammond, Binibining Pilipinas-Supranational 2016
Quotable quote: "Communication begets understanding, understanding begets tolerance, and tolerance begets peace."
Why it stands out: "World peace" answers may be typical in pageants, but Jennifer made her "world peace" answer different by explaining how each of us can help address terrorism, one of the major roadblocks towards world peace through "kind words."
5. Nicole Cordoves, Binibining Pilipinas-Grand International 2016
Quotable quote: "It must have been so hard even though it is sometimes unpopular [on being the president of the Philippines]."
Why it stands out: With the criticism president Noynoy Aquino has received throughout his term, it is refreshing to hear that there are people like Nicole who would like to understand the challenges of being the leader of the country on a more in-depth level.
6. Nichole Manalo, Binibining Pilipinas-Globe 2016
Quotable quote: "If you have these qualities [courageous, determined, and resilient], you can stand for what you believe in, to make things happen, and you can transform not just yourself, but the society into [the] best version of it."
Why it stands out: Nichole’s answer showcases her stand when it comes to women empowerment and her desire to make things possible no matter how tough the journey may be.
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