The 65th Miss Universe pageant held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines was a huge success.
We’ve witnessed many wonderful moments from the 86 inspiring contestants who showcased their beauty, talent and poise.
The Top 13 candidates were selected via online voting – nearly 100 million voters took to the internet to support their favorite pick! Tension filled the air as the numbers whittled down to the Top 9, then the Top 6.
The Top 6 candidates were Miss Philippines, Miss Thailand, Miss Kenya, Miss Colombia, Miss Haiti, and Miss France.
During the quick Q&A segment of the pageant, just before the final round, Miss Philippines Maxine Medina was asked a question by host Steve Harvey.
The comedian asked her, ”What is the most significant change you’ve seen in the world in the last 10 years?”
The interpreter translated the English question into Filipino.
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However Maxine decided to answer in English, “In the last 10 years of being here in the world, I saw all the people bringing in one event like this in Miss Universe. It’s something big to us that we are one. As one nation, we are all together. Thank you. Maraming salamat po,” Maxine said.
Watch the video of her Miss Universe answer here:
There was no doubt that her answer last night was controversial. Many say that perhaps her answer may have cost her the title. In comparison to the Binibining Pilipinas 2016 Q&A – Maxine showed us a different, more confident side when she answered the question posed by judge Cory Vidanes, ABS-CBN chairperson.
Vidanes asked, “Even if her parents want to send her to school, a 15-year-old girl wants to stop her studies, what would be your advise to her?”
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Maxine answered, “I would tell the girl to study hard, no matter what their parents would tell them.” She stutters for a moment. “Because having an education is something that… something that… cannot have that anybody else [sic]…” “Education can make you an even better person. Thank you.”
Watch the video of her Binibining Pilipinas 2016 answer here:
What do you readers think? Do you think Maxine's efforts were enough? Do you think she could have done more? Let us know in the comments!
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