Philippine representative Emmanuelle Vera won 3rd runner-up in the Reina Hispanoamericana 2021 pageant held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia on October 30, 2021.
“Congratulations to our very own Emmanuelle Vera for placing as Tercera Finalista (3rd Runner-Up) in the Reina Hispanoamericana 2021! We are so proud of you! You represented our country very well,” the Miss World Philippines (MWP) Organization posted on Instagram. “Thank you for raising the flag of the Filipinas. Mabuhay ka! 🇵🇭”
The MWP organization also congratulated Andrea Bazarte from Mexico for winning the Reina Hispanoamericana 2021 crown. Other winners in the pageant include Ana Lucia Tejiera from Panama (Virreina Hispanoamericana 2021), Maria Vengoechea from Colombia (1st Runner-Up), Andrea Romero from Venezuela (2nd Runner-Up), Bruna Zanardo from Brazil (4th Runner-Up), and Theresa Agonia from Portugal (5th Runner-Up).
During the question and answer portion, Emmanuelle was asked, “Life after the pandemic has given us a second chance. What do you do now and why?”
Her answer—translated by her fellow contestant Karibel Perez from the Dominican Republic—was: “I stand here before you here today receiving a second chance. The pandemic rendered me jobless and hopeless, but through faith and perseverance, I rose again. But I realize that many Filipinos, countless Filipinos, did not have the same opportunities as I did. Throughout the pandemic, I had the privilege of volunteering, raising funds, and serving the less fortunate in my country. I witnessed their situation and I realized that I will never be the same,” she said.
“And now, because of the pandemic, I choose to see people through the lens of empathy to give them kindness and to act in genuine, selfless love. And to live a life that serves as the purpose that is bigger than myself, and is in service of my fellowmen.”
Emmanuelle was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2021 during the Miss World Philippines 2021 coronation night held on October 3, 2021, just four weeks before the international pageant. Previous Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas titleholders include Maria Katrina Llegado, Alyssa Alvarez, and Winwyn Marquez.
The 26-year-old beauty queen’s success came just one day after another Filipina, Cinderella Faye Obeñita, took home the Miss Intercontinental 2021 crown.
Art Daniella Sison