MANILA – Vickie Rushton took home majority of the special awards at the 2019 Binibining Pilipinas coronation night on Sunday but she fell short of claiming a crown that would enable her to represent the country in an international pageant.
Speaking exclusively to ABS-CBN News after the competition, Rushton acknowledged it was probably her performance in the Q&A segment that cost her that once-in-a-lifetime chance.
“Nasasayangan ako kasi I know kung anong sasabihin ko pero may nang-distract sa akin sa audience. Doon ako nawala. May tumayo at nag-make face,” she said.
During the Q&A portion, Daniel Padilla asked Rushton why she thinks mental health is as important as physical health.
Rushton began answering confidently but she buckled midway through. Eager to give a remarkable response, she continued speaking but ran out of time before she was able to finish her statement.
“Mental health is as important as physical health because of our inner being. Having self-love is important and as a woman...,” she said. “As a woman, I can inspire and empower the people to take care of themselves, to take care of their mind as well as their health. Because they will be as effective...”
Looking back, Rushton said she could have given a better answer had she not been distracted. “Oo naman po. Nag-prepare naman po ako kahit paano,” she said.
When asked what she plans to do next after her Binibining Pilipinas stint, Rushton said: “Wala, hindi ko pa po naisip pero, of course, 'yung advocacy ko, tuloy pa rin.”
A Mutya ng Pilipinas 2011 titleholder, Rushton first joined Binibining Pilipinas in 2018. She was unable to win a crown, but she finished first runner-up.