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Emmanuelle Vera is third runner-up in Reina Hispanoamericana 2021

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Emmanuelle Vera is third runner-up in Reina Hispanoamericana 2021

THIRD RUNNER-UP. Emmanuelle Vera ends her journey in Reina Hispanoamericana 2021.

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Mexico's Andrea Bazarte is Reina Hispanoamericana 2021

Philippine bet Emmanuelle Vera finished as third runner-up during the Reina Hispanoamericana 2021 competition in Bolivia on Saturday night, October 30 (Sunday, October 31, Manila time).

Andrea Bazarte of Mexico was crowned the winner. 

The Miss World Philippines organization also released a congratulatory message for Vera’s placement as Tercera Finalista (or third runner-up) in the pageant.

“We are so proud of you! You represented our country very well. Thank you for raising the flag of the Filipinas. Mabuhay ka,” they wrote. 

During the question and answer segment, Vera was asked, “Life after the pandemic has given us a second chance. What do you do now and why?”

Vera answered, “I stand before you today receiving my second chance. The pandemic rendered me jobless and hopeless. But through faith and perseverance, I rose again.” 

“But I realized that many Filipinos, countless Filipinos did not have the same opportunity as I did. Throughout the pandemic, I had the privilege of volunteering, raising funds, and serving the less fortunate in my country. I witnessed their situation and I realized that I will never be the same. And now, because of the pandemic, I choose to see people through the lens of empathy to give them kindness and to act in genuine selfless love.  And to live a life that serves a purpose that is bigger than myself and is of service [to] my fellowmen,” she said. 

Prior to the pageant night, Vera also stunned pageant fans with her silver avant-garde Filipiñiana ensemble during the national costume presentation. 

The 26-year-old singer-turned-beauty queen was named Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2021 during the Miss World Philippines pageant night on October 3. She then flew to Bolivia for the international pageant on October 16. 

“With only a few preparation days and an incredible team behind me, I’m thrilled to say that I’m finally equipped to take on this challenge,” she wrote in an Instagram post before leaving the Philippines. 

The Philippines has only won the Reina Hispanoamericana crown once, courtesy of Teresita Marquez in 2017. – Rappler.com