Going viral: Pinay's nervous answer in pageant

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Aug 28 2013 04:40 PM | Updated as of Aug 30 2013 08:32 PM

HOLLYWOOD, California -- Joanlia Lising from Hayward, California did not win the 2013 Miss Philippines USA title, but she's probably the most well-known pageant contestant right now.

A YouTube video of her nervous Q&A response during the August 18 coronation night – where Alabama’s Jasmine Sabio was named winner -- has gone viral, appearing on multiple news sites.

E! News called the moment “cringe-worthy,” Huffington Post described the video as “[dripping] with cringe,” while Daily Mail referred to it as “embarrassing.”

As one of the Top 12 candidates, Lising was asked, "Among the five senses, what do you prefer to have if you could only have one? And why?"

She responded: "Thank you for that wonderful question. If I have to pick out of five sense, I would pick seeing. Because seeing is the best sense that we can ever see, because seeing is believing. And believing into what you see is perfect. And, uh, out of all those senses, seeing... would really be wonderful, because… Thank you. That will be it."

During ABS-CBN News’ exclusive backstage interview with her minutes before the pageant, Lising appeared more composed.

“I've learned a lot [from this pageant], most especially confidence of myself, being me. It's going be the best, best experience ever,” said Lising, who is a licensed practical nurse graduate taking care of her grandmother.

Asked what she considers to be the “best memory” from joining the competition, she said, “Well, most importantly, being friends with these people (fellow contestants). They're like my sisters now, we're so close to each other.”

The California beauty is not the first contestant to get overwhelmed by nerves responding in front of a big audience during Q&A.

A video of Miss South Carolina at the Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant has gotten more than 59 million views because of her rambling answer when asked why Americans can't find the US on a world map.