MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – All the ladies of this year's Binibining Pilipinas dazzled in their production number and showed how fabulous they could be in their swimsuits and evening gowns at the coronation night on Sunday, April 17, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
After this, 15 top candidates were selected, and they fielded tough questions from this year's board of judges for the much-anticipated question and answer (Q&A) portion.
She was asked by ABS-CBN chief operating officer (COO) Cory Vidanes, "Even if her parents want to send her to school, a 15-year-old girl wants to stop her studies, what would be your advice to her?"
"I would tell the girl to study hard, no matter what their parents would tell them," Maxine answered, as she stumbled a bit at one point: "Because having an education is something that… something that… cannot have that anybody else [sic]..."
She follows up, "Education can make you an even better person. Thank you."
Her response elicited mixed reactions from viewers and netizens, but many congratulated her for getting the night's highest honor, too.
Yung mananalo sa Bb. Pilipinas Universe parang pagibig kala mo sya na pero hindi pala! — jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) April 17, 2016
Her answer wasn't even close to be in an International Pageant. HOPEFULLY she'll not do that again #BbPilipinas2016 https://t.co/1NEYLRQhLy — Anjo'sOfficial (@prinx1996) April 17, 2016
One Facebook commenter wrote, "She may have not been on point with her answer but that may just be because of stage fright. Y'all should give her credit since it's her first time. She can definitely get better with proper training. So stop the hate."
Another said, "Remember last year when [Wynwyn] delivered her answer much better than Pia. But who conquered the universe? It was Queen [Pia]. Let's be positive and hope for the best for our new queens and future international title holders."
What do you think of Maxine's answer? Sound off in the comments below. – Rappler.com
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