MANILA -- Here's how this year's Top 5 performed in the question and answer round of Miss Universe Philippines 2022.
ANNABELLE MCDONNELL (MISAMIS ORIENTAL, FIRST RUNNER-UP)
Q: What is your biggest insecurity and how do you address it?
"My socioeconomic status has been one of the biggest insecurities that I had. Seven years ago I was just a meager, marginalized orphan, striving and making her way through. But now, when you see me, think about how I worked hard and studied even harder to be here, and to aspire to conquer the universe."
MICHELLE DEE (MAKATI, MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES TOURISM 2022)
Q: What is your greatest fear and how do you try to overcome it?
"Honestly, my greatest fear is making a fool out of myself sometimes. But I conquer that by always putting myself in that kind of situation. Actually, just joining a pageant was something that I was very scared about because of the pressure. But I'm standing here in front of you, hoping to be your next Miss Universe so that I can make my country proud once again. Ang minamahal kong Pilipinas."
KATRINA LLEGADO (TAGUIG, SECOND RUNNER-UP)
Q: If you could teach Filipinos one thing, what would it be and why?
"It would be [to] start loving yourself. Me, as a person, I have a lot of flaws. I am not perfect, and I may not be the perfect Miss Universe. But I am here trying to conquer my fear, trying to be a better person, and pageantry really helped me to be a transformed woman, to be truly, uniquely beautiful. And I think that is what I'd be having in Miss Universe."
CELESTE CORTESI (PASAY, MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES 2022)
Q: If you could stop time for a day, how would you spend it?
"If I could stop time, I would spend it with my family, especially my mother. It's been two years [that] I haven't seen my family because they live in Italy and I came here in the Philippines just by myself. So if I had the chance to spend one day, I would definitely be with my mom and I would just tell her how much I love her and miss her."
PAULINE AMELINCKX (BOHOL, MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES CHARITY 2022)
Q: What is that one life-changing decision that you've made and what was its impact on your life?
"The life-changing decision I've made was to join Miss Universe Philippines again. Despite being bashed before for my body, being doubted by people, I found strength in myself. And this story can be a testament for other people to draw strength from, too. That a second chance can be just as sweet, and you can still achieve your ultimate the second time around."