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You Say What?

Usually, the top five contestants will be put in a tight spot where they are asked a question from the judges. They will then judge the contestants on fluency of language and public speaking, understanding of the question and how well did they answer it. Usually, this is the most important segment of the pageant where the judges will finalise the scores or points of each contestant and determine who takes home the coveted crown.

Usually, the top five contestants will be put in a tight spot where they are asked a question from the judges. They will then judge the contestants on fluency of language and public speaking, understanding of the question and how well did they answer it. Usually, this is the most important segment of the pageant where the judges will finalise the scores or points of each contestant and determine who takes home the coveted crown.

Here, we list down a few good responses from past contestants:

GLORIA DIAZ at the 1969 Miss Universe Pageant:
Question: If the man from the moon landed in your hometown, what would you do to entertain him?
Her reply: I guess since he has been in the moon so long, he would enjoy anything that an ordinary man would.

MARGIE MORAN at the 1973 Miss Universe Pageant:
Question: What’s the difference between being Miss Universe and being a Filipina?
Her reply: Being Miss Universe is like having a birthstone, you may lose it. Being a Filipina is like having a birthmark, it’s forever.

RUFFA GUTIERREZ at the1993 Miss World Pageant:
Question: How would you tell a girl who’s suffering from low self-esteem to feel better about herself?
Her reply: I’ll tell her to believe in herself because it’s not only physical beauty that’s important but also inner beauty. Like what the Little Prince said, ‘What is essential is invisible to the naked eye.’ And I believe that character and personality are more important than physical beauty.

SUSHMITA SEN at the 1994 Miss Universe Pageant:
Question: What’s the essence of being a woman?
Her reply: Just being a woman is God’s gift. The origin of a child is a mother, a woman. Woman is sharing, she shows a man what sharing, caring, and loving is all about. That is the essence of a woman.

Not all beauty contestants are able to answer the questions well. Read on to find out some ‘Ooops’ moments!

SANJA PAPIC at the 2003 Miss Universe Pageant
Question: If you could be either water or fire, which would you be and why?
Her reply: Well, I’m a human being and I don’t know how is it to be a fire or a water, and from that reason I really don’t have answer on this question because I’m a human being, I'm a girl, which has an emotion, and fire and water doesn't have.

JANINA SAN MIGUEL at the 2008 Miss Philippines Pageant:
Question: What role did your family play in your participation in this contest?

Her reply: Well, my family’s role for me is so important because there was the, they’re… they was the one who’s very, ha-ha; oh I’m so sorry. Ah my family, my family, oh my God, I’m, okay. I’m so sorry; I, I told you that I’m so confident; ah wait, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha, uhm, sorry guys because this was really my first pageant ever. Because I’m only 17 years old, and I did not expect that I came from, I came from the one of the top 10; uhm, so, but I said that my family is the most important persons in my life. Thank you.