There is intriguing talk on social media about the answer given by your newly-crowned Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2018 Eva Psychee Patalinjug as a “copy” of actress Nadine Lustre’s post June 12 of last year during the Philippine Independence Day for Mega Magazine. All I can say is that the Cebuana took inspiration from the message, and instead of giving it her own spin (that could alter the entire thought depending on the words used), she recited choice parts that sounded “memorized” to everyone.
As someone conducting pageant workshops on Q&A, I never encourage memorization. But I don’t restrict it completely as well depending on the capacity of a trainee to think more spontaneously. In Eva’s case, she could have simply quoted it. After all, Nadine Lustre is a popular name and figure in the Entertainment Industry. If Wynonah Buot can specify host/actress Toni Gonzaga as a source of admiration, then I won’t find fault in the former using Nadine as inspiration for her answer.
But that controversy will die down in a matter of days, and Eva will continue with her reign. I reckon that Miss Grand International owner Nawat Itsaragrisil has already given his thumbs up to her selection (photo below) as the Philippine rep to his pageant.