The Miss Grand International 2020 coronation night on March 27 saw each of the top 10 candidates give speeches on the theme “Stop the war and violence.”
In a segment made to remind the audience of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the candidates donned white gowns and emerged on stage after the image of the virus was flashed on screen.
Giving their speeches as an instrumental version of Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” in the background, the women spoke about the importance of unity and working together in the middle of a global health crisis.
Philippine bet Samantha Bernardo highlighted the problems the world has been facing throughout the pandemic, and spoke about what she would do if she won the title of Miss Grand International.
Here is a transcript of Sam’s speech:
Year 2020 will be remembered as the most challenging period in our history. COVID-19 pandemic has brought despair, destruction, and death. Today, our world war has changed from armed conflicts to war on hunger, for better healthcare system, racism, and education.
It’s an everyday battle that confronts all of us, regardless of who we are and where we are from. As a Malaria Free Philippines spokesperson, I have always lived up to my faith in humanity, cultural understanding, and respect for others. These are what I will continue to stand for if I become your next Miss Grand International. I will be a channel of hope, compassion, and unity; to stand and form and stop any form of violence and war in this world.
As we face a COVID-free world, join me as we work together in mending our conflicts and focusing on what truly matters. We are living under one sky so let us all live peacefully where love is our language, humanity in our race, and peace is our lasting legacy to the world.
The winner of the pageant has yet to be crowned. – Rappler.com