The Binibining Pilipinas competition was narrowed down to the top 13 finalists at the coronation night on Sunday, July 11.
Twelve finalists were initially called, and each of them gave a short speech on what they learned over the COVID-19 pandemic. Another candidate, who won via fan votes, was added to the group, rounding out the finalists to 13.
From realizing the importance of good governance, to appreciating the value of community, here’s what the Binibining Pilipinas 2021 finalists spoke about in their speeches:
Gabrielle Camille Basiano, Borongan, Eastern Samar
It has been more than a year since our Binibini dreams has been postponed. I am standing here because I want to show to you that there is still hope. With a strong faith and determination we can still achieve a new, beautiful day.
Patrizia Mariah Garcia, Manila
COVID-19 brings us a timely message allowing us to challenge existing systems in our country. As a public servant, I realized the importance of good governance for the protection of the lives and health of the Filipino people.
Karen Laurrie Mendoza, Iloilo
I had my fair share of silent battles during this pandemic but I stand here tonight knowing that mental illness is not a sign of weakness. Remember, you are heard and you matter.
Graciella Lehmann, Oriental Mindoro
The whole world is in a Kilometer Zero of a new journey after this pandemic and while we’re all regaining these miles and the praises taken away from us as a cabin crew, I am happy and grateful to be of service for our fellow Filipinos.
Maria Francesca Taruc, Angeles City, Pampanga
The greatest lesson that I have learned during this pandemic is to be more grateful, to appreciate the little things in life, the laughters that we share with our families and friends. Those are the things that truly matter
Meiji Cruz, Valenzuela City
This pandemic reminded us that we are all eqaul and can be infected by COVID-19 regardless of our social status, age, race, religion, or gender but with compassion, respect and unity, together we can heal.
Jashmin Dimaculangan, Albay
During the pandemic, Albay was battling it by Thpoon Ulysses. By holding a fundraiser for 300 families, I was able to witness the grit, resilience, and generosity of the Filipino people. By working together, we can get through anything.
Samantha Panlilio, Cavite City
My family is in the tourism industry and the pandemic shook the sector hard. However, I know that with perseverance and commitment, we will survive this so we can once again showcase our beautiful Philippines.
Patricia Denise Babista, Quezon Province
Getting through the day can be as difficult as overcoming adversity. Being a frontliner has taught me to face this new world and fight for a healthier, braver, kinder humankind.
Honey Cartasano, Antipolo
We were all caught by surprise by this pandemic. During the lockdown I questioned my purpose and worth. However, after I volunteered in an organization that shares light to our kababayan, I regained my purpose and realized that indeed, kindness will always prevail.
Hannah Arnold, Masbate
As a Forensic Science graduate, I would like to see our country invest in science and technology. Let us encourage our students to become scientists, and together we can prevent another pandemic,
Maureen Montagne, Batangas
During the pandemic, I witnessed firsthand the true beauty and strength of community. Together with friends, we started the Siargao community kitchen which provided hot meals and to families and frontliners in need. This taught me that together we can overcome any obstacle.
Cinderella Faye Obeñita, Cagayan de Oro
As your tourism operations officer who assisted homebound FIlipinos during the pandemic, I realize that no virus could kill our individual and collective dreams. There is no insurmountable fear when we fight for family, community, and country. – Rappler.com