6 Nov – After her previous loss at the 2015 Binibining Pilipinas, actress Winwyn Marquez finally proved her worth by becoming the first Filipina to win Reina Hispanoamericana crown.
The 25-year-old Philippines bet, who bested 26 other contestants including first runner-up Akisha Albert from Curaçao, started the pageant with much hardship, especially after being criticised by Hispanic viewers for not being a part of the Latin Americas.
However, she had since won over her critics, first with her wonderful dance performance during a live telecast on a morning show in Bolivia, and later by winning the special prize, Ipanema Girl, and several other honourable mentions prior to the coronation night.
During the Q&A session, Marquez was asked how she would promote the Hispanic-American culture despite the language barrier.
She responded, "Language can be learned but the will and determination to contribute to the organisation cannot. It has to come from the heart. It has to be natural. I believe that kindness is a universal language that if you treat people with tolerance, patience and love, you will understand each other."
"The Hispanic culture is not about language only. It's about love for God, love for country, love for history and culture and love for family. As a Filipina with a unique heritage, I have instilled that. I am ready to promote the Hispanic culture not just in Asia but in the whole world. It is time to celebrate the Hispanic culture. It is meant to be celebrated," she added.
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