On June 9, 2019, new beauty queens will be named at the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 pageant.
Part of the preliminary round is the "free speak" competition, which puts to test the knowledge and communication skills of the candidates.
The scores for this pre-pageant competition are weighted according to content and articulation (40%), delivery and clarity (30%), poise and presence (20%), and overall impact (10%).
In this segment, the 40 candidates have 30 seconds each to deliver a speech extemporaneously on various topics.
Some of the topics discussed are on "cursing," "poverty," "press freedom," "water shortage," "gender equality," and "animal cruelty."
Some are asked to reveal their thoughts on beauty-related topics such as "Pia and Catriona," "Keto Diet," "Couture VS RTW," "Photoshop," and "whitening products."
Robi Domingo and Miss International 2018 1st runner-up Ahtisa Manalo are the hosts of this pre-pageant activity, which—along with the press presentation, closed-door interview, and national costume competition—will determine the top 25 semi-finalists.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) has picked 15 standouts at the "free speech" competition of Binibining Pilipinas 2019, and here they are, in no particular order:
Denielle Mag Joie Magno
"I think that selfie is very famous today especially to the millennials.
"But I think, one great advice that I could give to everybody is to use your selfie wisely.
"Use it in a way that we can inspire other people, that you can touch lives of other people through the captions that you are writing, and through the pictures that you are posting.
"I believe that social media is a very powerful tool to inspire and be part of other's lives. Thank you."
TOPIC: SOCIAL MEDIA
"Social media is a powerful tool in uniting people.
"Now, compared to previous generations, everyone can reach each other and send a message.
"So we should use this platform to communicate with each other.
"Instead of bashing each other, and talking about our differences, we should talk about what we all believe in so that we can all create a united world together."
Melba Ann Macasaet
TOPIC: GENDER EQUALITY
"To me gender equality earns respect, respect to one's gender, respect to each one's individuality.
"And if we will able to achieve that then peace and acceptance would follow.
"No matter what color, what gender, no matter what you want in life, let us all respect and embrace each other's differences."
Sherry Ann Tormes
TOPIC: CLIMATE CHANGE
"For the past few weeks we have experienced a lot of tragedies when it comes to environmental problems.
"And I just hope that the things that's happening will be an eye-opener to everyone of us in what kind of responsibilities that we have in the environment, and what kind of things we're doing for the good of sustainable living, on how are we as a people, as a human in to our nature.
"Because at the end of the day, we are the one who is going to suffer if we're not going to change for good."
TOPIC: MOVING ON
"Moving on for me is constant, because change is a constant thing in the world.
"If we are not moving on in our lives, then we will be stagnant to wherever we are.
"And moving on is change and it is something to look foward to look forward to, which means we have a new beginning, we have a new life, and you can change yourself for the betterment.
"And if tomorrow is actually our present then it is moving on everyday is something to be grateful for."
Leren Mae Bautista
TOPIC: BUILD, BUILD, BUILD
"It is one of the most important projects of our government and one of the issues that we need to tackle.
"And I know that this is a great opportunity for us to have and build infrastructures and to create employment for the Filipinos, for them to have food in their tables."
"Photoshop is an innovation of modern technology and it can be used to distort the images of women.
"And in turn, this can lead to feelings of low self-esteem and insceurities for young women.
"So I think that while modern technologies like these contribute to the advancement of our society, we must take care so that it should not be used to harm whatever self-esteem young women have."
WORD: FAKE NEWS
"Fake news is something that is rampant not only in the Philippines but all around the world.
"As citizens, we have to be responsible that we only share from reliable sources, that we don't contribute to the fake news, and we just share happy news instead."
Ilene Astrid De Vera
TOPIC: POLITICAL DYNASTY
"I think what the Philippines needs now is to empower everyone to vote for the right leaders for the country because not only will this affect the generation now but it will affect the generaios of tomorrow.
"That is why I am not for political dynasty. I want the Philippines to have a freedom from this kind of thing."
TOPIC: KETO DIET
"So since joining this pageant, many people have told me to lose weight and I think that our culture perpetuates a terrible idea and relationship that we have with our bodies.
"We should not be judged based on how much we weigh, but we should think about our relationship with our bodies in terms of how it makes us feel. Are we healthy? Are we safe? Are we strong? Thank you."
Samantha Ashley Lo
TOPIC: SOCIAL MEDIA
"I believe that as people today living in 2019, we should use social media as an empowerment tool, as a way to encourage other people rather than to continue to bash.
"Social media also gives us the power to be creative and expresive and promote ourselves, but at the same time, we should balance it out with being together one on one and not let it consume al of our times and quality time, as well."
TOPIC: FAKE NEWS
"Fake news is very rampant nowadays, especially in the Philippines.
"I think we should be... It's a double responsibility as a reader and as a writer.
"As a writer, we should be responsible enough in giving news.
"And as a reader, we should be responsibe in reading under credible sites.
"For me, that is fake news. Thank you."
Cassandra Coleen Chan
"I think, right now, in today's society especialy in 2019, photoshop has been very rampant.
"Right now, women need to be very comfortable with their own bodies.
"And I think Photoshop is not good especially in social media.
"We need to love our bodies, and we need to be happy with what we have right now."
TOPIC: MOVING ON
"To me, moving on is all about knowing when the time is right.
"Sometimes, things in life don't go as they're planned.
"And it's important as a mature and empowered person to know when it's your time to move on."
"Darna is a role that is very iconic to us Filipinos, and if I will be chosen to be Darna, I know I will be a perfect example of a modern Filipina.
"I will empower and I will use my influence to further strengthen the values of being a Filipina."