Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares yesterday congratulated Vickie Marie Milagrosa Rushton, 25, for bagging first runner-up honors in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant Sunday night.
She represented Talisay City at the pageant.
Rushton, the 2009 Lin-ay sang Negros, and 2011 Miss Asia-Pacific, personifies the ideal strong-willed Negrense woman, Marañon said.
She inspires other women for using the pageant as her platform to promote awareness about disadvantaged individuals, including those suffering from Down Syndrome, he added.
“Despite the highly-competitive field of 40 aspirants, she was touted as one of the early favorites and impressed judges and netizens during the question and answer segment where she expressed strong opposition against any form of violence when asked about her take on hazing and fraternities. It was a well-applauded answer,” the governor said.
She was asked if she believed hazing and fraternities has its own good, to which she replied: “I believe that any violence is no good, because one person alone can stand up for herself or himself. And as a Bb. Pilipinas, I can be that influence to spread the word that violence is not acceptable.”
In an Instagram post yesterday, Rushton said: “I can’t put into words what I really feel now that the competition is over, but my heart is grateful and overjoyed.”
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much for the prayers, support, and well-wishes,” she said.
Lizares said Rushton “epitomizes the modern Filipina, sweet, beautiful, and a woman of strength. She was also former Lin-aysgTalisay and Lin-ay sg Negros.”
“Miss Rushton did her best. She made the people of Talisay and the province proud of her sterling performance. We are proud of her,” the mayor said.*CPG
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