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The Top 5 Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Candidates And Their Answers In The Q&A Portion

They were each asked two questions, one being their take on the relevance of pageants in this time of crisis

The inaugural Miss Universe Philippines 2020 that was held in Baguio is over! A new beauty queen, who will represent the country in the Miss Universe 2020 pageant, has been crowned: Miss Iloilo City Rabiya Mateo!


From 46 contenders, the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 aspiring beauty queens were trimmed down to the Top 16 then, finally, to Top 5. The Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Top 5 included 4th Runner-Up (Miss Cavite Kimberly "Billie" Hakenson), 3rd Runner-Up (Miss Bohol Pauline Amelinckx), 2nd Runner-Up (Miss Quezon City Michele Gumabao), 1st Runner-Up (Miss Parañaque Ysabella Ysmael), and Miss Universe Philippines 2020 (Miss Iloilo City Rabiya Mateo).


Rabiya also won Best in Swimsuit at the preliminary competition; see the complete list of winners at the prelims here.


The road to the crown clearly hadn't been easy for the ladies. Before the announcement of the winner, these Top 5 candidates were subjected to a final round of challenge through a Q&A portion, wherein they were each asked two questions. One was a universal question they were all expected to answer with confidence and substance: "This pandemic has made clear our priorities, essential or non-essential. Where do pageants stand in this time of crisis?" They were given 30 seconds to answer each question.


Check out the gallery below to see what the Top 5 Miss Universe Philippines 2020 contenders' answers were:

 

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The Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Finale Judges were Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon, Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida, top fashion show and events director Jackie C. Aquino, Frontrow co-founder Samuel Salonga Versoza Jr., Congressman Eric Yap, Frontrow co-founder RS Francisco, IPG Mediabrands Philippines CEO Venus Navalta, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Baguio First Lady Mrs. Arlene Magalong, and Procter & Gamble Philippines Group Director for Media Arthur Peña.


The Miss Universe Philippines board of directors include national director Shamcey Supsup-Lee, creative director Jonas Antonio Gaffud, design council head Albert Andrada, Head of Women Empowerment Committee and Charity Lia Andrea Ramos, Head of Legal Affairs Atty. Nad Bronce, and Business Development and Marketing Head Mario Garcia. 


Photos courtesy of Miss Universe Philippines