Miss World PH 2021: How finalists performed in Q&A

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Posted at Oct 04 2021 01:44 AM | Updated as of Oct 04 2021 09:05 AM

MANILA -- Here's how this year's finalists performed in the Miss World Philippines 2021 pageant.

CANDIDATE NO. 14 GWENDOLYNE FOURNIOL

Q: We all know how important being vaccinated is nowadays due to the pandemic... But if you have relatives and friends who are still unvaccinated, how will you convince them to be vaccinated? 

"Thank you for that question. I truly believe that we need to take action on matters especially during the pandemic where we have rampant issues such as COVID and the best way to combat this is to come together to use the best ways that have been created for us which is being vaccinated. And I would encourage them to not just do it for their own safety, but for the safety of others. Because by doing so, we would be making this world a safer planet. Thank you."

CANDIDATE NO. 43 GANIEL KRISHNAN (SECOND PRINCESS)

Q: What makes health the greatest wealth of any man?

"Well now, more than ever, I think we all realize how important it is and how health is the greatest wealth of everyone. We don't know what tomorrow brings us and so I suggest everybody to please take care of your health and, of course, take care of your family... I've always believed that our family is our greatest possession in life and that is truly the wealth in life. Thank you."

CANDIDATE NO. 38 KATHLEEN PATON (MISS ECO PHILIPPINES 2021)

Q: What is that thing that you need to overcome? 

"One thing that you need to overcome is fear, with your confidence and the fear of being rejected. I myself have suffered from lack of confidence when I was younger. I wasted a lot of my time being stuck at home because I was afraid of coming out of my comfort zone. And I would tell my younger self even, if I could go back in time, to overcome this fear because you have no idea what's out there and what's there for you. Thank you."

CANDIDATE NO. 25. DANICA DILLA

Q: How would you describe beauty and its importance to a blind person?

"I would describe beauty to a blind person by letting her or him to imagine the love that he or she receives from the surroundings. I think that if we let them feel loved and cared and respected, they would be able to see beauty even if they are not given a chance to see the world."

CANDIDATE NO. 6 SHAILA REBORTERA (MISS MULTINATIONAL PHILIPPINES 2021)

Q: The frontrunner in all surveys for the polls for president is a woman. If she were to ask you, should she run for president even if her children are very young? What advice would you give her?

"In the modern times right now, a woman is strong and brave in different ways. Other women are strong and brave because they sacrifice their career for their family. If our candidate would like to pursue becoming a president despite sacrificing time for their family in exchange of serving the Filipino people, then I would definitely support that."

CANDIDATE NO. 4 JANELLE LEWIS

Q: With the pandemic right now, what's more important: you having money or you being safe and healthy?

"To me, honestly during the pandemic, I've learned that there's nothing else more important than being safe because to me, nothing else matters than money when you have your family with you. Bringing your family into a very difficult situation can lead into a heartbreak. I feel like there's more that could hurt me more than losing a loved one."

CANDIDATE NO. 10. MICHELLE ARCEO (MISS ENVIRONMENT PHILIPPINES 2021)

Q: Would you rather live in a world without the pandemic or without corruption?

"I would pick a world without corruption because we are surrounded by it every day, everywhere we look. People every day suffer from it… And if we can eradicate that, we can solve so many problems and we can get through a pandemic easily the next time we go about it. We the people, we need to be taken care of. Thank you."

CANDIDATE NO. 18. TATYANA AUSTRIA (MISS ECO TEEN PHILIPPINES 2021)

Q: In life, what should you follow, your heart or your mind?

"I believe there's a reason God made humans the way they are, with our minds over our hearts anatomically in our body. And so I think we should follow the mind to stay logical, to stick to our core and our values. Because the mind would ultimately influence the heart and so that we can live our lives without having to step on others' toes... Just to be a true person of purpose as well. Thank you."

CANDIDATE NO. 36 TRACY MAUREEN PEREZ (MISS WORLD PHILIPPINES 2021)

Q: After we go through this pandemic, what would you want us to learn from it?

"After this pandemic, I hope that we never take for granted the family that we have, taking care of our health, and taking care of the people that protect us -- our leaders, our frontliners. We should always give importance to those people. We may not see the efforts that they give out, but most definitely they are our modern heroes. And for that we should always be grateful, and that we should always stick with them and pray for them. Thank you."

CANDIDATE NO. 31 RIANA PANGINDIAN (FIRST PRINCESS)

Q: Because of the pandemic, I wanted to know if this changed your concept of being a modern Filipina?

"Definitely. This pandemic has changed my perspective on how we should live as Filipinos. And as a modern Filipina I've learned to make ways to get through it, and that's when I started my small business just to help my family because it is very difficult at this time. And I think it's very important that we take every circumstance as an opportunity to learn and make the most out of it. Thank you."

CANDIDATE NO. 8 EMMANUELLE VERA (REINA HISPANOAMERICANA FILIPINAS 2021)

Q: Is it true that all is fair in love and war, and why?

"I believe that in love and in war alike that we should always prioritize empathy and the well-being of other people. All is not fair if we're stepping on other people's toes or if we are acting in selfishness or conceit, and the only way to approach any situation is at the optimum levels and if we consider the needs of our fellowmen above our own. And we live to love and to serve them and walk in compassion at all times. Thank you very much."

CANDIDATE NO. 29 ANN PALMARES

Q: Which would you choose, a man who plays it safe, or someone who is spontaneous and wild?

"I would say I choose a man who is spontaneous and wild. After all, life is short and with this pandemic, we are able to know that we should not take anything for granted. And with this, we can talk to people who can make us experience that life is worth living even though it's short. Thank you."

CANDIDATE NO. 1 LEA MACAPAGAL

Q: If you'll be given the chance to file your certificate of candidacy this coming 2022 elections, what position do you prefer and why?

"As a woman, I believe that we can do even the seemingly impossible thing especially a leader. And after this, being a beauty queen, I can also see myself as a public servant. To all the women out there, we should not be afraid of taking a risk, of going out of our comfort zone. And if you're going to ask that question, I would love to be the president of this country. Thank you."

CANDIDATE NO. 27 TRISHA MARTINEZ (MISS TOURISM PHILIPPINES 2021)

Q: What advice or message can you give the new generation of voters? 

"In this time of crisis, my advice to people is to keep on going on because we all have dreams and at this time we might feel that all our dreams are on hold. But they are not gone. With grit and determination, those dreams will become a reality. Just hold on. Thank you."

CANDIDATE NO. 30 JULIE TARRAYO

Q: What is the biggest sacrifice you ever had to make and how did you handle it?

"The biggest sacrifice that I ever had to make was to give up on my dream of being a flight attendant simply because with what happened to the pandemic. There had been retrenchments, especially [in] the airline industry. But I didn't let go, I just held on and started a business which is now helping me and my family. And not just my family, the economy... and also my employees and their families. Thank you so much."