Last night, the Miss World Philippines 2021 pageant's final 15 contenders battled it out at the question and answer portion. Each of them proved their claim for the crowns one last time, and they definitely did not disappoint. Curious to see how they did? Scroll ahead to see their winning answers!
Read the complete transcript for Miss World Philippines 2021 Top 15 Q & A below:
#36 Tracy Perez (Miss World Philippines 2021)
QUESTION: After we go through this pandemic, what would you want us to learn from it?
ANSWER: "After this pandemic I hope that we never take for granted the family that we have, taking care of our health and taking care of the people that protect us—our leaders, our frontliners. We should always give importance to those people. We may not see the efforts that they give out but most definitely they are our modern heroes and for that we should always be grateful and we should always stick to them, stick with them, and pray for them."
#38 Kathleen Paton (Miss Eco Philippines 2021)
QUESTION: What is one thing that you need to overcome?
ANSWER: "One thing you need to overcome is fear with your confidence and fear of being rejected. I myself have suffered a lack of confidence when I was younger. I wasted a lot of my time being stuck at home because I was afraid to go out of my comfort zone and I would tell my younger self even that, if I could go back in time, to overcome this fear because you have no idea what’s out there and what’s there for you."
#18 Tatyana Austria (Miss Eco Teen Philippines 2021)
QUESTION: In life, what should you follow: Your heart or your mind?
ANSWER: "I believe there's a reason God made humans the way we are, with our minds over our hearts anatomically in the body. And so I think we should follow the mind to stay logical, stick to our cores and our values because the mind would ultimately influence the heart and so that we can live our lives without having to step on other toes of the other people and just to be a true person of purpose as well."
#8 Emmanuelle Vera (Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2021)
QUESTION: Is it true that all is fair in love and war? And why?
ANSWER: "I believe that in love and in war alike, that we should always prioritize empathy and the wellbeing of other people, so all is not fair if we are stepping on other people's toes or if we are acting in selfishness and vain conceit. And the only way to approach any situation at the optimum levels and to its utmost is if we consider the needs of our fellowmen above our own and we live to love and to serve them and walk in compassion at all times."
#6 Shaila Rebortera (Miss Multinational Philippines 2021)
QUESTION: The frontrunner for the polls of president is a woman. Should she run for president even if her children are very young? What advice would you give her?
ANSWER: "In the modern times right now, a woman is strong and brave in different ways. Other women are strong and brave because they sacrifice their career for their family. And if our candidate would like to pursue becoming a president despite sacrificing time for their family in exchange of serving the Filipino people, then I would definitely support."
#27 Trisha Martinez (Miss Philippines Tourism 2021)
QUESTION: What advice or message can you give the new generation of voters?
ANSWER: "In this time of crisis my advice to people is that to keep on going on. Because we all have dreams, and this time we might feel that our dreams are on hold, but they are not gone. With wit and determination, those dreams will become a reality. Just hold on."
#10 Michelle Arceo (Miss Environment International Philippines 2021)
QUESTION: Would you rather live in a world without a pandemic or without corruption?
ANSWER: "I would pick a world without corruption because we are surrounded by it every day, everywhere we look, and it can really suffer the lives- people every day suffer from it and it can effect every day people. And if we can eradicate that we can solve so many problems and we can through a pandemic easily the next time we go about it. And we, the people, we need to be taken care of."
#31 Riana Pangindian (1st Princess)
QUESTION: Has the pandemic changed your concept of being a modern Filipina?
ANSWER: "Definitely. This pandemic has changed my perspective on how we should live as Filipinos. And as a modern Filipina I learned to make ways to get through it, and that's when I started my small business just to help my family because it is very difficult at this time, and so I think it's very important that we take every circumstance as an opportunity to learn and make the most out of it."
#43 Ganiel Krishnan (2nd Princess)
QUESTION: What makes health the greatest wealth of any man?
ANSWER: "Well now more than ever I think we all realize how important it is- or how the true health- or the wealth or the health is the greatest wealth of everyone. We don’t know what tomorrow brings us so I suggest everybody take care of your health and of course take care of your family because they’re your only source- You know I’ve always believed that our family is our greatest possession in life and that is truly the wealth in life."
#14 Gwendolyn Fourniol
QUESTION: We all know how important being vaccinated nowadays is because of the pandemic. But if you still have relatives and friends who are still unvaccinated, how would you convince them to be vaccinated?
ANSWER: "I truly believe that we need to take action and matters especially during this pandemic where we have rampant issues such as covid. And the best way to combat this is to come together and use the best ways that have been created by us which is being vaccinated. And I would encourage them to not just do for their own safety but for the safety of others. Because by doing so, we will make this world a safer planet."
#25 Danica Dilla
QUESTION: How would you describe beauty and its importance to a blind person?
ANSWER: "I would describe beauty to a blind person by letting her or him imagine the love that he or she receives from the surroundings. I feel that if I let them feel loved, cared, and respected, then they would be able to see the beauty even if they are not given a chance to see the world."
#4 Janelle Lewis
QUESTION: With the pandemic right now, what’s more important: You having money or being safe and healthy?
ANSWER: "To me, honestly, during the pandemic I've learned that there's nothing else more important than being safe. Because to me, nothing else matters than money when you have your family with you and bringing your faily to a difficult situation can lead into a heartbreak and I feel like there's nothing more that could hurt me more than losing a loved one."
#29 Ann Palmares
QUESTION: Who would you choose: A man who plays it safe or someone who is spontaneous and wild?
ANSWER: "I would say I'd choose a man who is spontaneous and wild. After all, life is short, and with this pandemic we are able to know that we should not take anything for granted, and with this, we can talk to people who can make us experience that life is worth living even though it's short."
#1 Lea Macapagal
QUESTION: If you’ll be given the chance to file your certificate of candidacy this coming 2022 elections, what position do you prefer and why?
ANSWER: "Well as a woman I believe that we can do even the seemingly impossible thing especially a leader. And after this, being a beauty queen, I could also see myself as a public servant. And to all the women out there, we should not be afraid of taking a risk, of going out of your comfort zone. And if you're going to ask me that question, I would love to be the president of this country."
#30 Julie Tarrayo
QUESTION: What is the biggest sacrifice you ever had to make and how did you handle it?
ANSWER: "The biggest sacrifice that I ever had to make was to give up on my dream of being a flight attendant, simply because with what happened with the pandemic, there will had been retrenched especially in the airline industry. But I didn't let go. I just hold on and I started a business, which is now helping me and my family, and not only my family- the economy of where in this situation, but also the people, my employee, their family. Imagine that I'm able-"