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Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Recap: The Top 15 And The Q&A Portion

Another year of Binibining Pilipinas is over. New beauty queens have been crowned.

Binibining Pilipinas 2018: Road to the Crown's coronation night was held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night, March 18. The event was hosted by actor Richard Gutierrez, actress and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, and Miss Grand International 2016 1st Runner-Up Nicole Cordoves.

The panel of judges include ABS-CBN Lifestyle Ecosystem Head Ces Oreña-Drilon, ABS-CBN Chief Technology Officer Martin Lopez, Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman, Megawide Construction Chairman Edgar Saavedra, United States' Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, Columbia's Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Victor Hugo Echiverri, Novotel Hotels General Manager Mike Brown, actor Gerald Anderson, volleyball player Alyssa Valdez, and Ateneo Blue Eagles basketball player Thirdy Ravena.  

From 40 candidates, 25 moved on to the next round where they modeled onstage in their yellow two-piece bikinis, changing shortly after to their stunning gowns. The Top 25 was then trimmed further to Top 15, which signaled the start of the most awaited (and dreaded!) part of any beauty pageant: the Q&A portion.


READ: Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Recap: The Winners Of The Special Awards And The Top 25



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The Top 15 candidates were asked questions ranging from current events to pressing issues in the Philippines to beauty pageant-related topics. 



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Here's a summary of the Q&A portion:



#35 Sandra Lemonon   



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Question (from Edgard Saavedra): The question is, what are your insights on the government's "Build, Build, Build" program?

"The insights of the government's 'Build, Build, Build' program. Actually, you know what, I studied so much for this Q&A but, sadly, that's something that I don't know really much about, but at least I'm here trying to answer a good question."



#11 Maria Andrea Abesamis



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Question (from Mike Brown): Boracay and its hazardous environmental situation, what is your view on this issue? 

"My view on this issue is that it's a big matter right now, and that we need to conserve our natural habitats and our islands as a Filipino and a Filipina, because we live here. We live in the country. There are locals there. And we are supposed to take care of it."



#14 Samantha Bernardo



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Question (from Gerald Anderson): My question is, what do you think is the biggest misconception about beauty pageant contestants?

"I think the biggest misconception of beauty pageant today is that we're just beautiful. But we are not. We are confidently beautiful. We're compassionate and we're very competent. We are in era where we have surpassed the stereotypes about women, and we continue to prove ourself in the society, where it can be at home, raising a family, or at office having a career, or just like me here, joining pageant, celebrating our femininity."



#24 Edjelyn Joy Gamboa



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Question (from Alyssa Valdez): If inner beauty is emphasized in beauty pageants, then why are there physical requirements upon joining it?

"Honestly speaking, there is no requirement or beauty requirement in a competition like this. Everyone is accepted and as long as you have a good heart, as long as you are confident with your looks then you'll be part of Binibining Pilipinas."



#3 Muriel Orais



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Question (from Martin Lopez): This year marks the graduation of the first-ever batch of K-12 students, what is your message to them?

"My message to the students is that you have to focus on your studies because their parents are very working hard for their good education. I believe that education will give you knowledge and experience, and it will give them a better future."



#1 Vickie Rushton



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Question (from Thirdy Ravena): Do you believe that hazing and fraternities has its own good, why or why not?

"I believe any violence is no good because one person alone can stand up for himself or herself. And as a Binibining Pilipinas, I can be that influence to spread the word that violence is not acceptable."



#32 Eva Patalinjug



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Question (from H.E. Victor Hugo Echiverri): What is the role of beauty queens in the pursuing of our country's economy success, if any?

"A role of the beauty queen is to be a voice. I am here to make a message to all of you. In these times of uncertainty and fear that have seemingly taken over in our country, we have remained steadfast as we face all the challenges. As a united nation, what we should do is to set aside our political differences, forget our economic and social preferences, and let love and loyalty for our country rise above all, so we can march to our future in the hopes of making a peaceful country." 



#17 Maria Athisa Manalo



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Question (from Precious Lara Quigaman): How should a beauty queen respond to ruthless criticisms?

"A beauty queen should always respond to criticisms constructively. We, beauty queens, are public figures and we put ourselves in the position to be judged. But nonetheless, we should always filter which comments we should accept and what we should not."



#19 Michele Gumabao



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Question (from Ces Oreña-Drilon): What can you do to fight fake news?

"I know that fake news is very rampant nowadays, but in order to fight this, we must first know what we are reporting, know what we are reading and, at the same time, be accountable for what we say, especially online. And I hope that media always filters the news, their resources, to always deliver truth and authentic news."



#31 Jehza Mae Huelar



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Question (from Sung Kim): What do you think is the most important quality of a millennial woman?

"I think the most important quality a millennial woman have is to have a vision, and with her vision, she should have this attitude and perseverance so that she can achieve her goals. And through that vision, she would be able to express herself freely. So, I would hope that all the millennials out here would really adhere to our culture and our tradition so that we can inspire others. We can impact people."



#26 Wynona Buot



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Question (from Gerald Anderson): Name one great Filipino artist you truly admire and why.

"One great Filipino artist I truly admire would probably be Toni Gonzaga. Although she is a celebrity, and we have a stereotype when it comes to celebrities, I truly admire her because she follows a certain path when it comes to her life. She actually has a successful career, a complete family, and she did these altogether by following her parents. And that's one important thing that we, millennials, must learn. You will never fail in life when you follow your parents."



#21 Anjame Magbitang



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Question (from Martin Lopez): When is the right time to listen, and when is the right time to speak?

"A time to listen if you are respecting the people who will talk and you will, you will try to speak after the people who talk to you speak, because there must be, the best version..."



#38 Karen Gallman 



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Question (from Precious Lara Quigaman): Do you agree that the third restroom should be built for transgenders, why or why not?

"I definitely agree there should be a third restroom for transgender because as women also would like privacy, and also with men. And we have a separate room for the transgender, to serve as an equality and private, privatization."



#15 Juliana Kapeundl



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Question (from Ces Oreña-Drilon): Misogyny or bias against women has been prevalent lately. How should this be addressed?

"I think this should be addressed by empowering women. We, women, we have to think that we are not just women. We don't need labels as mothers, daughters, sisters, we have our own individuality, and we have to use it into our advantage and let our strength shine. So, as a women, we have to empower our co-women to achieve an equality with men."



#20 Catriona Gray



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READ: Why Catriona Gray Could Be The Next Miss Universe


Question (from Sung Kim): After the devastating war, Marawi is now on its way to recovery. What is your message to the young women of Marawi?

"Thank you for that question. My answer and my message to the women were to be strong. As women, we're the head of the household and we have amazing influence not only in our own families as mothers, sisters, and friends, but also in our community. If we could get the women to stay strong and be that image of strength for the children and the people around them, then once the rebuilding is complete and is underway, the morale of the community will stay strong and high."


READ: Meet The New Beauty Queens—Catriona Gray Is Miss Universe Philippines 2018


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