Amb. Gilles Garachon: How would you describe or define your country, the Philippines, to a foreigner?
The Philippines is such a beautiful place not only with beautiful places but most importantly, beautiful people. The country’s pride is the people itself because we are very happy individuals and despite all of the calamities that we’ve experienced, we are very strong and we always come back happy, and always looking forward to a better tomorrow.
Vice Ganda: Who is the international personality you would like to take a selfie with?
I would like to take a selfie with Angelina Jolie, because she is one of the example, she is one of the strong woman, an example of a strong woman. That would be all thank you.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima: In the wake of conflicts and controversies, how is winning a Binibini crown relevant?
If I’d win of the crowns of Binibining Pilipinas I think I can be a really good inspiration and voice to a lot of people so I can voice out what we need to do and inspire other people to help and to unite. That’s all.
Amb. Luis Fernando Lillo: If you will be a national figure, winning one of the crowns tonight, how would you handle fame?
Hello, good evening. Thank you for that question. One of the ways I’ll handle fame is of course stay true to my roots, always remember where you came from and who you are. Always remember that I am a Filipina and I am very proud. Thank you.
Frederick Go: Will you marry a man who is less successful than you? Why or why not?
Definitely, I would marry a man who is less successful than me because when you say love, it’s how we interact with people. And when you say love it is more on feelings and that is more important, loving the person no matter who they are and what they do because love is an unconditional thing. Good evening.
Rep. Leni Robredo: Social media is now a very powerful tool on communication. Can you tell us your thoughts about internet censorship?
I think that we should be careful about what we post online especially our thoughts and our opinions, that we don’t hurt anybody especially selfies, we have to be careful with what we post especially in our bodies, in our faces. So always think before you click.
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Gen. Gregorio Catapang: If you win one of the crowns tonight, will you be an ambassadress of goodwill? What is your message of peace to your fellow Filipinos especially during this time?
I will tell to my fellow Filipinos that we should learn the importance of dialogue to be able to have conflict resolution. Filipinos have integrity, they have passion and they continue to persevere. If we’ll all unite and just continue to help one another, then we will achieve peace.
Bernd Schneider: If you’ll be given the chance to meet Many Pacquiao, what will you tell him to help him win the upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather?
I think Manny Pacquiao is already socially aware because he is in politics and I will just tell him to just be himself. Because when you are true to yourself, you can do whatever you want, you can express yourself, especially if you believe in God… and I think that’s enough for him to win this upcoming fight. Thank you.
Amb. Garachon: How has joining Binibining Pilipinas changed you?
Ann Colis: Joining Bb. Pilipinas changed me a lot and it clear my advocacy in life which is education, and my main purpose why I joined Bb. Pilipinas, for I believe that education can change the world. Thank you.
Rep. Robredo: As a modern Filipina, what is more important: a successful career or a happy home?
For me as a Filipina we can have both. Because we are Filipina as very strong, we can face a lot of challenges and we do not let challenges to stop us from reaching our goals in life and to have that…like me, I want to pursue my education. I want to have a better life for my family, and for us to have a happy family also.
Schneider: When is a woman truly successful?
A woman is truly successful when she sees the happiness of the people around her, and that she has a special person that can stand right next to him, making him a stronger man that can be.
Vice Ganda: Aside from winning the crown tonight, what was your prayer when you woke up this morning?
Besides winning the crown, this morning I prayed that my family will get here safely because my family travelled all the way here to watch me on stage, to be confident, strong and hopefully bag an international crown. And I prayed that they will get here safely because they mean the world to me, and they’re my root, they’re my ground and they keep me strong and support me in whatever I do.
Sec. De Lima: What would you tell a child who longs for its OFW mother?
Christi McGarry: Something that I would tell a child who longs for her OFW mother, is that whatever she is doing overseas, she is doing it for their own good and she loves him very, very much and she sacrificed a lot for him or her and one day she will be in their arms again and everything will be alright.
Sarah Meier: March is International Women’s Month. What do you think is God’s greatest gift to women?
Anja Peters: God’s greatest gift to women is actually bearing a child, because I think giving birth is such a wonderful thing, giving birth to life is such a wonderful thing. You can share your love and you can raise a child to be something wonderful.
Kiefer Ravena: In our modern age, do you think it is appropriate for women to court men? Why or why not?
In our modern age today, I believe that anything is possible and I believe that women who are strong, confident and are empowered are allowed to do anything that they want but personally I believe that fidelity is still present and that men should be able to go after the women. And this is what I believe in. Thank you.
Did the Binibining Pilipinas 2015 winners’ circle this year give good responses? What do you think about the results?