While I am still waiting for Part 2 of Episode 6 – Game Changer – on the Ring Light Series, this is how I sized up the first dozen.
After finishing 6.1 – or the first of four parts of the Miss Universe Philippines Preliminary Q&A (which runs 1.5 hours) from Aklan to Camarines Sur – I am pleased overall.
I love eleven of the twelve ladies who were interviewed in the first batch. Practically everyone articulated themselves well. But I have to share my Top 3 in terms of clarity of thoughts, delivery and an overall impactful performance in front of the judges. They are:
1) Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol – commanding; her background as events host worked well in her favor. She communicated with the panel as if they were just having tea and scones on a rainy afternoon.
2) Jan Alexis Elcano of Batanes – nervous all throughout but she took a grip on her emotions and came up with solid answers to all questions asked. Her story on the cargo vessel she took from Batanes to Manila was icing on the cake, and something that the judges listened to with much interest.
3) Skelly Ivy Florida of Biliran – charming and sincere, but with a bite. This was her edge over my 4th-ranked (Aklan). She spoke with honesty and never relied on projecting a sweet image to the judges. She knew what she was talking about.
These are just my personal opinions. To sit through Episode 6.1 is already like watching one full movie. And with the ten questions ringing in my ear and multiplying by 12 can be really challenging. So at the end of it all, the ones who stood out for me are the ladies with truly #MemorableAnswers.
P.S. If you want my Top 5, then I will definitely add Aklan and Cagayan Province. Weakest link for me was Batangas.