PHILIPPINES: Beauty Pageant Candidate Was Questioned 'Do You Have A Boyfriend?' Her Answer Will Surprise You - The Coverage

PHILIPPINES: Beauty Pageant Candidate Was Questioned ‘Do You Have A Boyfriend?’ Her Answer Will Surprise You

I’m pretty sure almost everyone of us have seen or watched beauty pageants before, be it local or international. Who wouldn’t like to see beautiful, confident women strutting their stuff on the runway?

If you can recall, all beauty pageant have a question-and-answer round, where each candidate must answer questions in front of the crowd on stage.

What they answer on the stage would effect their marks given by the judges. Beauty pageants are not only about beauty on the outside, but also beauty on the inside, not to mention smarts as well!

In the first Binibining Cebu pageant held on October 28, Maria Izobel Taguiam, 17, was representing the municipality of Tagobon.

Source: Next Shark

Taguiam, who made it to the final leg of the competition, was up against 11 other candidates at the question-and-answer round. She was asked by the host if she had a boyfriend.

Though she did not win the coveted crown, her response to the host’s question is what won the hearts of netizens:

“Yes, but not a boyfriend but a girlfriend, because I believe love does not see gender and if you love that someone, go for it.”

Source: Cebu Daily News

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Many netizens have since praised the high school student from Cebu’s Southwestern University for choice to open up.

In case you’re unaware, the Philippines has always been known as one of the world’s most LGBT-friendly countries.

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a Pew Research Center survey in 2013 showed that 73% of Filipinos agreed that “homosexuality should be accepted by society.”


Taguiam shared more about her moment in an interview with Cebu Daily News after the pageant:

“I’m just proud to have her. I just want to tell people that it is okay to love someone regardless of gender. I just want to be honest as possible and answer from the bottom of my heart that’s why I decided to reveal it during the interview.”

Source: Next Shark

She added that her girlfriend did not attend any of her rehearsals but ensured that she got home safely. Aww, how sweet!

“I realized that if she doesn’t love me, she won’t even agree to the idea. She’s someone who’s worth living, she has a beautiful soul.”

Support your loved one and their passion! Encourage them to achieve the goal they have set for themselves. 

What’s your take on this? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section down below!

(Source: Next Shark)

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