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IF you're planning to join a beauty pageant, huwag agad maniniwala sa nanay or sa boyfriend na you've got what it takes to be the next Pia Wurtzbach or Kylie Versoza. Check mo muna ang sarili, and be brutally honest, if you possess these qualities: beauty, poise, talent and intelligence.

Kung pasado sa mga nabanggit na criteria, there is one more box to tick pa, iha: Can you think on your feet? Maraming magaganda at matatalinong contestants ang nagiging "thank you girls" dahil natataranta sa question and answer portion.

Bago mag-fill up ng application forms para sa Bb. Pilipinas or Miss World Philippines, ask yourself first kung kaya mong mag-come up with a sensible answer with zero seconds to think without you turning into a nervous wreck, gaya ng mga newly-crowned reynas like Karen Ibasco and Wynwyn Marquez.

Sa sagot ng dalawa sa kanilang mga "final" question, obvious naman na deserved nila ang crown.

Karen Ibasco Miss Earth

"Who or what do you think is the biggest enemy of Mother Earth and why?"

"I believe that the real problem in this world is not climate change; the real problem is us because of our ignorance and apathy. What we have to do is to start changing our ways, to start recalibrating our minds, and redirecting our steps, because together, as a global community, our micro efforts will have a macro effect to help save our home, our planet."

Winwyn Marquez Reina Hispanoamericana

"How would you promote Hispanic-American culture with the great difficulty of the language barrier?"

"Language can be learned. But the will and determination to contribute something to the organization can not. It has to come from the heart, and it has to be natural. I believe that kindness is a universal language. That if you treat people with tolerance, patience, and love you will understand each other. The Hispanic culture is not about language only, it's about love for God, love for country, love for history and culture, and love for family. And as a Filipina with a unique heritage, I have instilled that. I am ready to promote the Hispanic culture, not just in Asia but in the whole world. It is time to celebrate the Hispanic culture. It is meant to be celebrated."

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