50 candidates put their wits and grace under pressure to the test—and four ladies stood out.
The Miss Universe Philippines (MUPH) Organization has named Julia Calleja Saubier of Albay, Jeanne Nicci Orcena of Davao Del Norte, Aidyl Mhay Sanchez of Guiguinto, Bulacan, and Vanessa Ann Ka’ihilani Caro of Iloilo Province as the winners of its interview challenge on Monday, April 4.
Compared to previous online challenges, the MUPH organization said the winners were named “in no particular order.”
The MUPH interview challenge is a peek into the delegates’ communication skills, wit, and ability to handle grace under pressure, as mentioned by MUPH Director of Communications Voltaire Tayag.
The top 50 candidates were given 45 seconds to introduce themselves and were asked to answer three standard questions within 30 seconds. The questions focus on how they’ve been coping since the pandemic, the qualities they look for in a president, and unique facts about their hometown.
“The reason we wanted to do [uniform questions] this year is that we can really see how different they are in the way they answer the same questions,” Tayag explained.
Albay’s Saubier introduced herself as a “stunt woman, martial artist, and actor” who’s always “down for a good adventure.” The 27-year-old stunner said “honesty” and having a “vision” are must-have qualities in a president, adding the May 9 elections is an “important time” since Filipinos get to “decide their future.”
Meanwhile, Davao Del Norte’s Orcena is a medical student who’s passionate about music. The beauty queen also shared about the beauty of Energy Park located in Tagum, Davao Del Norte where “you can do anything you want.”
Guiguinto’s Sanchez, on the other hand, revealed that she was raised in Dublin, Ireland where she graduated with a degree in Psychology. She opened up about being “mindful about everything you do” during the pandemic, saying that being “mindful” changes “everything for the better.”
Lastly, Iloilo Province’s Caro said that while she speaks “four different languages and is of four different ethnicities,” she’s a “hundred-percent Filipino.” Caro also shared that her ideal president is someone who’s “transparent, has humility, and looks out for the wellbeing of the Filipino people.”
The MUPH organization previously announced the winners of the following challenges including Mandaue City’s Isabel Luche (headshot), Bohol’s Pauline Amelincx (introduction), Taguig City’s Ma. Katrina Llegado (swimsuit), and Baguio’s Ghenesis Latugat (fashion and runway).
The 50 candidates will be narrowed down to the final 30 who will compete at the pageant’s coronation night on April 30 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.