The question and answer portion of the Miss Universe Philippines pageant is highly anticipated for a reason. It can not only make or break a candidate's chance at the crown, it's also their final opportunity to prove that they're ready for the international stage. Needless to say, this year's Top 5 was up for the task.
Read the complete transcript for Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Top 5 Q & A below:
Miss Cebu Province Steffi Rose Aberasturi
QUESTION: How will you empower young women and help them become more socially aware?
ANSWER: "Now with social media this tool has been a driving force in all of us. But we have to draw a borderline so that these youth would not take advantage of the social media. We have to see the social media like the way it is designed and that is to unite people and never to divide us in the first place. We have to be responsible users."
Miss Cebu City Beatrice Luigi Gomez
QUESTION: If during your reign as Miss Universe Philippines things happen in your life that make you sad and uninspired, how would you be able to continue inspiring others?
ANSWER: "It is very evident that all of us went through difficulties during this pandemic, but it is also proof that we are able to rise to the occasion. And if anything happened to me during my reign I will not give up and inspire others by rising to the problems that I am encountering and by inspiring them that whatever you're going through, you will be able to overcome it."
Miss Taguig City Katrina Dimaranan
QUESTION: What do you think is the most inspiring quality that a Miss Universe Philippines should possess and why?
ANSWER: "It would have to be the ability to have compassion and relate to other people. Because as we know Miss Universe has to be able to connect with people in all different countries from all different classes. So I would have to say relatability and compassion. Because as a Miss Universe, it's your job to inspire others and to genuinely want to help whether it be through organizations, or any companies, or groups of people, so there you go."
Miss Cavite Victoria Velasquez Vincent
QUESTION: In your journey to be Miss Universe Philippines, what has been the most inspiring part and why?
ANSWER: "The people that I have met and the stories I have heard especially during the pandemic people have risen to overcome everything that they've gone through. I've been incredibly privileged and I haven't had to go through that many issues in my life but meeting so many people who have so many battles and hearing their stories and hearing how they overcame them, that's what inspires me. That's what inspires me to continue to help Filipinos through the way I know how which is through my advocacy—through architecture and heritage conservation."
Miss Pangasinan Maureen Wroblewitz
QUESTION: If you win the crown tonight how will you inspire others?
ANSWER: "Just me being here I am getting out of my comfort zone. I am conquering my fear because I am afraid to talk in front of a lot of people. But I hope that through me I get to inspire so many to do the same, to achieve their dreams but to also reach for the universe."
This story originally appeared on Preview.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.