Victoria Velasquez Vincent of Cavite came out on top for the Miss Universe Philippines interview challenge.
The challenge was streamed on Empire Philippines’ YouTube channel on Saturday, August 28. The pageant’s top 50 candidates had to introduce themselves and respond to three questions with limited time – 45 seconds for the introduction, and 30 seconds for each question.
The pageant announced the top 7 on social media hours after the challenge. Victoria was the top 1 candidate, trailed by Parañaque’s Maria Ingrid Teresita Santamaria, and San Juan City’s Rousanne Marie Bernos.
The rest of the top 7 includes Makati’s Isabelle de los Santos, Bukidnon’s Megan Julia Roa Digal, Cebu City’s Beatrice Luigi Gomez, and Marinduque’s Simone Nadine Bornilla.
Prior to the interview challenge, candidates participated in a runway challenge, a headshot challenge, a video introduction challenge, and a casting video challenge.
The 2021 pageant takes on a new format. The initial batch of 100 delegates was trimmed down to the top 75 on August 8. The list was narrowed down to 50 on August 22.
Only 30 candidates will compete in-person at the live pageant finals on September 25, with 27 being selected by Miss Universe Philippines panelists based on their performances in past challenges and 3 being selected by fan votes. – Rappler.com