Winning answers of Binibining Pilipinas 2022 queens

by James Patrick Anarcon
Aug 1, 2022
Nicole Borromeo and Herlene Nicole Budol at Binibining Pilipinas 2022 Q&A
Binibining Pilipinas International 2023 Nicole Borromeo gives herself a "good 8" as a responsible Filipino citizen, while first runner-up Herlene Nicole Budol is the only contestant who answered in Filipino at the Binibining Pilipinas 2022 coronation night, held in the evening of July 31 to early hours of August 1, 2022.
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Nicole Borromeo of Cebu was crowned the new Binibining Pilipinas International 2023 in the early hours of August 1, 2022 at the grand coronation event held at the Araneta Coliseum.

Nicole will represent the Philippines in Miss International 2023 as her predecessor, Hannah Arnold, will represent this year's pageant after its cancellation in 2021.

Nicole and three other beauty queens were hailed as titleholders during the pageant’s coronation night.

The three other queens are Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Roberta Angela Tamondong, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Gabrielle Basiano, and Bb. Pilipinas Globe Chelsea Fernandez.

Comedienne and crowd favorite Herlene Nicole Budol— the only contestant who answered in Filipino—was hailed first runner-up, while Stacey Daniella Gabriel was awarded second runner-up.

Before the coronation, the candidates went through the much-awaited segment of every pageant: the nerve-wracking question and answer portion.

Each candidate was given 30 seconds to answer questions coming from the judges—those who were present at the venue as well as guest panelists who were shown in pre-recorded videos.

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These questions tackled socially relevant topics such as current events, womanhood, fake news, and the importance of Philippine History.

Here are the winning answers of this year's batch of Binibining Pilipinas queens:

Binibining Pilipinas International Nicole Borromeo (Cebu)

Guest panelist Donny Pangilinan: The question is on a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself as a responsible Filipino citizen and why?

Nicole Borromeo: As a responsible Filipino citizen, I'd like to give myself a good 8, because I always know there's room to improve. There's so much I don't know. But there's so much I'm willing to learn. And I hope to do that with you.

Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Roberta Angela Tamondong (San Pablo, Laguna)

Judge Hon. Alfredo Pascual: Nowadays, we often hear the word ‘essentials.’ At this point in your life, what are the missing essentials and why do you say so?

Roberta Tamondong: I think one of the missing essentials nowadays, especially you came from Generation Z—ay—Generation X, is maybe old telephones. Because the reason why—I remember my dad and I going to a vintage shop and buying a vintage telephone and with that, I can really see the importance of our history and what we came from in the past. Thank you.

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Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental Gabrielle Basiano (Eastern Samar)

Guest panelist Sen. Risa Hontiveros: Pageants are a celebration of beauty and goodwill. However, there’s also a lot of toxicity online and offline that fails to empower us, women. If you win as our Binibini, how will you deal with fake news and other negative comments criticizing your looks, intelligence, and the way you live your life?

Gabrielle Basiano: Good evening, everyone. I have been receiving a lot of opinions from other people and I am not complaining about it because people are entitled of their own opinion. As for me, I will always remind women that we are strong, independent, and courageous because these are the traits that are very critical to the complicated roles that us women play into society. Thank you.

Binibining Pilipinas Globe Chelsea Fernandez (Tacloban City)

Judge Rico Hizon: A previous quiz segment in a reality competition revealed that many of our young kababayans, young Filipinos are not anymore aware and familiar with our own national heroes. For you, how important is it to look back at our history and learn more about the personalities about our past in order to build a better future?

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Chelsea Fernandez: Thank you. I believe that it is really important and we should not disregard our history because why? It is part of our culture, it is part of our past, it is part of who we are today as a Filipinos (sic).

Binibining Pilipinas First Runner-Up Herlene Nicole Budol (Angono, Rizal)

Judge Cecilio Asuncion: A beauty pageant is a space for transformation. What has been your biggest character transformation since you joined and how could this make you deserving of a crown tonight?

(Translates question to Tagalog)

Ang beauty pageant ay isang lugar para sa transpormasyon. Anong transpormasyon na importante ang nangyari sa ’yo habang nandito ka sa Binibining Pilipinas?

Herlene Budol: Maraming salamat po. Para sa akin, isang karangalan na nakatungtong ako dito sa Binibining Pilipinas bilang isang binibining hindi inaasahan. Para sa akin, ang sarap palang mangarap. Ang sarap mangarap. Walang imposible. Isa po akong komedyante na laki sa hirap. At ang aking transpormasyon ay ang magbigay ng inspirasyon because I know... because I know for myself that I am beautiful... because I know for myself that I am uniquely beautiful with a mission.

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Binibining Pilipinas Second Runner-Up Stacey Daniella Gabriel (Cainta, Rizal)

Judge Joshua Garcia: Personally, how do you distinguish a historian from a Marites?

Stacey Gabriel: A historian is one who recognizes our painful past with factual evidence, looking back at our rich, vibrant history, and as well as the time that our humanity is trampled on and our heritage is almost erased. If you look at our past, we can surely move onward and upward, and rebuild... rise from this pandemic, and dream for a safer, healthier, and happier Philippines.

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Binibining Pilipinas International 2023 Nicole Borromeo gives herself a "good 8" as a responsible Filipino citizen, while first runner-up Herlene Nicole Budol is the only contestant who answered in Filipino at the Binibining Pilipinas 2022 coronation night, held in the evening of July 31 to early hours of August 1, 2022.
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