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Beauty queens’ appeal to next president

Maxine Medina

On the eve of Election Day, newly-crowned winners of the Binibining Pilipinas 2016 beauty pageant made their respective appeals and messages to the country’s next president on issues ranging from health to world peace.

Maxine Medina, the country’s representative to the Miss Universe 2016 beauty contest, called on the next president to set good examples.

“Uso ngayon ang name-calling and mudslinging. From there, malalaman mo talaga kung sino ang the best president that we can vote. For me, we should tackle issues, not personalities. You can rule the world and inspire the people. Sana kung ano ang makita ng mga tao through you, gagawin mo rin towards them also,” said Medina, during an exclusive interview at the Novotel in Cubao, Quezon City recently.

2016 Bb. Pilipinas International Kylie Versoza wished the next president all the best.

“I know that the Philippines has many outstanding problems. Six years would not be enough but I hope that the next president will try his very best,” Versoza, 26, said.

2016 Bb. PiIipinas Globe Nichole Marie Manalo prayed for a selfless Philippine president.

“I hope that our future president will be selfless and inspiring. The next president must embody the best of being a Filipino because we’re intelligent and ingenuine who love peace. So try to showcase that quality so that we can inspire more countries and other people,” said Manalo.

2016 Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Filipino-Australian Joanna Louise Eden hopes that the next Philippine leader would make sound decisions.

“I just hope that the next president will not just make a decision without thinking how the Philippines will gonna respond because the president will definitely get negative feedback or anything. I don’t want the next president to make unpopular decisions,” said Eden.

2016 Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Nicole Cordoves hopes that the next commander-in-chief will be inspiring and trendy.

“To the next president, please walk the talk. I think the Filipinos right now want to be inspired through good examples of the president and you don’t just do it by going against the decisions of the former administration. So I hope that you will always be inspiring and trendy just like (Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau). I hope we will have more innovative decisions,” said Cordoves.

2016 Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Jennifer Ruth Hammond urged the next Chief Executive to continue fighting corruption.

“Please fight against corruption and please promote a patriarchal government, accountability, transparency and rule of law,” said Hammond.

Jehza Mae Huelar, Bb. Pilipinas 2nd runner-up, said that the next president should be health-conscious.

“Be conscious with your health because it may be subconscious but it really affects on how you decide. And when you decide, you affect people. A sound mind and a good decision comes from a sound body. So be conscious with your health,” Huelar said.

Angelica Alita, Bb. Pilipinas first runner-up, asked the next president to strengthen the country’s vocational industry.

“We need to expand our vocational technology. We should also have better equipment for our training,” Alita added.