The final 28 candidates of the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 competed at the pageant’s coronation night on Thursday, September 30, at the Hennan Resort in Panglao, Bohol.
During the pageant’s Q&A segment, the Top 5 candidates responded to questions about empowering other women, what they would do if they won, and their journey throughout the pageant. Each of them had only 30 seconds to give an eloquent response.
Here’s how each of the candidates responded to their questions:
Steffi Rose Aberasturi, Cebu province
How will you empower young women and help them become more socially aware?
“Now with social media, this tool has been a driving force in all of us, but we have to draw a borderline so that this youth will not take advantage of the social media. We have to see the social media the way it was designed, which is to unite people and never to divide us in the first place. We have to be responsible users.”
Beatrice Luigi Gomez, Cebu City
If, during your reign as Miss Universe Philippines, things happen in your life that make you sad and uninspired, how would you be able to continue inspiring others?
“It is very evident that all of us went through difficulties during this pandemic, but it is also proof that we are able to rise to the occasion, and if anything happened to me during my reign, I will not give up and inspire others by rising to the problems that I am encountering and by inspiring them that what you are going through, you will be able to overcome it.”
Katrina Dimaranan, Taguig
What do you think is the most inspiring quality that a Miss Universe Philippines should possess, and why?
“It would have to be the ability to have compassion and relate to other people because as we know, Miss Universe has to be able to connect with people in all different countries, from all different classes. So I would have to say relatability and compassion, because as a Miss Universe, it’s your job to inspire others and to genuinely want to help. Whether it be through organizations or any companies, or groups of people. So there you go, compassion, and of course [inaudible].”
Victoria Velasquez Vincent, Cavite
In your journey to be Miss Universe Philippines, what has been the most inspiring part and why?
“[Inaudible] Especially during the pandemic, people have risen to overcome everything that they’ve gone through, and I’m someone…I’ve been incredibly privileged and I haven’t had to go through that many issues in my life, but meeting so many people who have had so many battles, hearing their stories and hearing how they overcame them, that’s what inspires me, that’s what inspires me to continue to help Filipinos in the way that I know how, which is through my advocacy, through architecture and heritage conservation.”
Maureen Christa Wroblewitz, Pangasinan
If you win the crown tonight, how would you inspire other women to get out of their comfort zone?
“Just me being here, I am getting out of my comfort zone. I am conquering my fear because I am afraid to talk in front of a lot of people, but I hope that through me, I can inspire so many to do the same, to achieve their dreams but to also reach for the universe.” – Rappler.com