Cavite’s Victoria Velasquez Vincent tops Miss Universe PH interview challenge
Miss Universe Philippines candidate Victoria Velasquez Vincent, who represents Cavite, has claimed the top spot in the beauty pageant’s interview challenge.
The Miss Universe Philippines Organization announced the delegates who made it to the challenge’s top seven through its Instagram page yesterday, Aug. 28.
“The interview challenge showed why the official delegates are truly inspiring women. Among them, there were [seven] phenomenal delegates who stood out to our panelists for their eloquence and poise during the interviews,” the organization stated.
The top seven was completed by Parañaque’s Maria Ingrid Teresita Santamaria, San Juan City’s Rousanne Marie Bernos, Makati’s Isabelle De Los Santos, Bukidnon’s Megan Julia Digal, Cebu City’s Beatrice Luigi Gomez, and Marinduque’s Simone Nadine Bornilla.
This is the first time Vincent earned the top spot in a Miss Universe Philippines challenge. The candidates who won previous challenges are Cebu province’s Steffi Rose Aberasturi, Pangasinan’s Maureen Wroblewitz and Masbate’s Kisses Delavin.
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For the interview challenge, the pageant’s top 50 candidates introduced themselves and responded to three questions with a 30-second time limit, as seen on Empire Philippines’ YouTube channel also yesterday.
One of the questions given to Vincent was, “Would you rather be an Olympic gold medalist or Miss Universe?” which she answered by saying she would still prefer to be Miss Universe, despite the prestige of both achievements.
Vincent was then asked, “How will you help in protecting our environment?”
She responded by saying this starts with small changes in one’s lifestyle, like going vegan. Vincent, who happens to be vegan, hopes that given a platform through Miss Universe Philippines, she could encourage others to also make these changes in their lives.
Meanwhile, all candidates were asked, “How has the pandemic challenged you?”
According to Vincent, the pandemic challenged her safety when she relocated from New Zealand to the Philippines, to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. Despite losing the security of living abroad, she believes it taught her to never let go of her dreams.
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