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MUPH2020 netizens react: Pauline Amelinckx is crown-ready

Kathleen A. Llemit

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Amid technical difficulties the Miss Universe Philippines website experienced on 21 October, causing some delay, netizens unearthed a fun fact: Miss Bohol Pauline Amelinckx is hard to contend with when it comes to the crucial question-and-answer (Q&A) portion.

During the preliminary Q&A round held at the Baguio Country Club, the 2018 Miss Global Beauty Queen Philippines was asked three questions by the panel of judges. And the representative of Bohol, who beat reigning Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados three years ago to emerge as Miss Bohol 2017, impressed netizens.

She was first asked the set of skills that people should now develop in the new normal set-up of working from home.

The beauty queen, who wore a woven terno jumpsuit with butterfly sleeves, answered with ease, relating her own experience of working from home.

“I have worked from home also during the first few months of the pandemic and I think patience above all else is the one thing that we all need to work on ourselves especially with the Internet connection at home. There are so many times that I’ve had meetings then my Internet connection would fade out and I wouldn’t hear the rest of it. I think patience, above everything else, is something that we work on and, from then on, we have clear minds to work on everything else,” she related.

Her second question was about a local product she would love to promote as part of the #LoveLocal campaign, espoused by the Department of Trade and Industry.

“It would be definitely be raffia from Tubigon River. I’m not wearing it at the moment but I would be wearing it for one of the segments,” she replied and then established camaraderie with one of the members of the panel when the latter remarked that he is looking forward to seeing her wearing it.

“Oh, definitely. But I will not indulge with more details on it,” she replied with a smile.

She continued, “Raffia is a product of my hometown in Tubigon and it really takes so many people to make a raffia roll. There’s so much thought and effort that goes into it and it’s a beautiful product with so many possibilities.”

Raffia is used to make placemats, table runners and coasters as well as accessory items like bags, wallets and purses.

For her final question, she was asked about that “one thing” that young people like her should focus on.

The events host replied, “Staying strong and continuing their dreams of educating themselves even during these pandemic times. We are all having a hard time but that doesn’t mean our dreams, our passions are canceled. They’re just on hold. I think they all need hopes in their hearts to continue what their dreaming for and to somehow make their dreams come true.”

After watching her portion, Miss Bohol trended on Twitter alongside with the hashtag #MissUniversePhilippines2020.

“OMG!! Miss Bohol is now the game changer. Jusko. #MissUniversePhilippines2020,” said Jay Mejico (@iamjaymejico).

Mark Geronimo (@markgeronimo) is quite impressed with Pauline’s gift of the gab. “Nanglalamon din ng mic to si Miss Bohol. She’s soooo eloquent & sophisticated. I’ll keep an eye on her. #MissUniversePhilippines2020.”

Kim Gamboa (@engrkimgamboa) thinks she is a “threat” and then shared a fun fact. “Miss Bohol is a threat. She was crowned Miss Bohol 2017, and Gazini Ganados, reigning Miss Universe Philippines, was the 1st runner-up. #MissUniversePhilippines2020.”

Elcham Campos (@Champ1141) even claimed the crown for Bohol’s representative.

“Retweet this, if Miss Bohol is your #MissUniversePhilippines2020,” he wrote. His tweet garnered 52 likes and 34 retweets as of this writing.

On Friday, 23 October, the swimsuit and evening gown preliminary competition will be held while the grand coronation will be on Sunday, 25 October, to be streamed as well as aired on GMA-7.

Gazini is set to crown her successor.

Will Gazini crown Pauline, her Miss Bohol 2017 queen, on Sunday?

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