More than the face and the way she struts her stuff on the stage, the next Bb. Pilipinas has to always have the intelligence and confidence in answering the final question. She'd never know what type of question comes out of the emcee's lips–it could be the one that requires the most useful stock knowledge in politics or economics, or the most cliché. Regardless of the difficulty, in order to stand out and clinch that much-coveted crown, she'd always have to come up with the best answer she could muster. And still look stunning in the process.
The following Bb. Pilipinas winners exactly showed that–in anticipation of the next search for the Philippines best beauty pageant bet happening on April 30, here's a little #throwback on the most unforgettable Q&A's that have happened recently.
1. Maxine Medina, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2016
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?"
Maxine: "I would tell the girl to study hard, no matter what their parents would tell them… Education can make you an even better person."
2. Kylie Versoza, Bb. Pilipinas-International 2016
Question: "Why do you deserve to win a Binibining Pilipinas crown tonight?"
Answer: "The person who deserves to win a Binibining Pilipinas crown tonight is a 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."
3. Pia Wurtzbach, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2015
Question: "Social media is now a very powerful tool on communication. Can you tell us your thoughts about internet censorship?"
Pia: “I think that we should be careful of what we post online, especially with our thoughts and our opinions that we don’t hurt anybody, especially selfies, we have to be careful with what we post, especially with our bodies and our faces, so always think before you click.”
4. Christi Lynn McGarry, Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental 2015
Question: "What would you tell a child, who longs for her OFW mother?"
Christi Lynn: "Something that I will tell a child who longs for her OFW mother is that whatever she is doing overseas is for the benefit of their own good, that she loves him very very very much and she has sacrificed a lot for her, him or her, and one day she will be in their arms again and everything will be alright."
5. MJ Lastimosa, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2014
Question: "What is the greatest advantage of being a woman?"
MJ: “It is being able to compose ourselves, just like here, we’re standing in front of thousands of people not knowing if they will cheer for us… we compose ourselves and show the beauty within us.”
6. Ariella Arida, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2013
Question: "Name a lesson about life that women can teach men."
Ariella: “One lesson in life that women can teach men is being sensitive because we all know that men are more logical when it comes to decision[-making]. They’re usually more rational, straightforward. Unlike we women, we use our hearts and tend to get emotional in some of our decisions. So, that’s it for me. Sensitivity is something that we, women, can teach to men."
7. Bea Rose Santiago, Bb. Pilipinas-International 2013
Question: "Complete this sentence: The ideal Filipino is…"
Bea Rose: "The ideal Filipino is both proud and happy people. We love Philippines so much that we are willing to come back here every year, we’re willing to spend our Christmas, holidays every year just to be here in the Philippines. Because we Filipinos will always feel at home here in the Philippines."
8. Janine Tugonon, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2012
Question: "Many women nowadays forgo a happy family life for a successful career. How do you feel about this?"
Janine: "I believe that women have the right to choose between what they want. But for me, just go for what God wants you to do. Between the two, whatever it is, you must do what's your purpose in this world. Just have a child-like faith and mature obedience, and everything will go smooth."
9. Shamcey Supsup, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2011
Question: "What worthy cause do you identify yourself with and why?"
Shamcey: "I think the one worthy cause I can identify myself with is valuing education. Because I believe education is something that cannot be taken away from you. You can have money, you can have fame, but in the end, it can be taken from you. But education will always be there to help you."
10. Venus Raj, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2010
Question: "How far would you go to achieve your dream?"
Venus: "I think to achieve my dreams I will really do my best in everything that I can do to really achieve what I want in life. Because at the end of the day, it is only me whom I can lean on, it is only myself who can help me a lot. So, I think I would prefer to be with myself and to have God within me so I can achieve every dream that I want."
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