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Hannah Arnold on vaccine hesitancy: Believe in science

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CEBU, Philippines —  The newly crowned Binibining Pilipinas 2021 winners delighted fans Friday as they answered questions in a virtual presentation streamed live over BPCI’s Facebook page.

First asked if they already found the time to watch the entire July 11 coronation night, second runner-up Meiji Cruz – mistakenly called Miss Venezuela instead of Valenzuela by finals host, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray during the live show – said she made sure to watch the swimsuit competition where she rose above the rest.

“I still can’t believe I won best in swimsuit. I’m really happy with my performance,” she said.

Bb. Pilipinas Globe Maureen Montagne enjoyed the mini watch-party with some of her co-candidates before returning to their respective provinces, while Bb. Pilipinas International Hannah Arnold has so far seen only fan-made clips from the coronation.

On what DOST (Department of Science and Technology) project she would like to support and work on as a Forensics Science graduate, Arnold commended the department’s initiative in creating the Invent School program where students come up with inventions that help prevent future disasters – an undertaking that she’d willingly lend her hand to.

“We truly need scientists to help prevent another pandemic,” the Fil-Aussie beauty, who represented Masbate in the pageant, said.

One of the standouts during the finals’ Q&A segment was Cagayan de Oro’s Cindy Obeñita, who, in the virtual presentation, elaborated on her impactful answer.

“When I answered the question, what I meant is that there are different levels of comfort. What I mean when I say comfortable are those people in power, in government, in business institutions who have overflowing resources. It’s to help the marginalized communities. We really need to shake up the status quo that it’s dangerous for our brothers and sisters who are suffering from injustice and inequality,” she said.

With the government’s continuous efforts in encouraging vaccination against COVID-19, Arnold shared the importance of believing in Science during a global pandemic.

“History has really shown us the efficacy of vaccinations. I don’t want to force anyone to get inoculated but I want them to see that if you and me are vaccinated, we will protect the community,” said Arnold. “If this person is hesitant and scared, I will come and hold his hand while he’s being vaccinated. I am very willing to do that. I hope they do their research and believe in science.”

“I’m excited for the day when we don’t have to wear our masks. Until then, let’s continue to follow the rules to keep everyone safe because this is just not about you and me, it’s also about our lolo and titas and people of age. We just really need to work together to overcome this obstacle,” added Montagne.

Currently tied up with their media tour, the ladies will soon begin their individual trainings for their respective international assignments. – Jonas Raymond Tatoy, CNU Intern

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