Even though she did not win the Miss Earth 2016 title, Miss Zamboanga Bellatrix Tan caught the attention of the public because of her answer during the Q&A portion of the pageant. The candidates were asked about their thoughts on trending topics on social media and Beatrix was asked about the El Niño and La Niña phenomenon.
“El Niño is what we are facing right now. If we do simple things like planting trees, then we will not experience drought, right? If we start now, we will achieve La Niña. Thank you,” she answered.
Today (June 13), Bellatrix explained her answer on DZMM.
“I know po talaga yung El Niño and La Niña. Kasi alam ko po talaga na yung El Niño, drought po, dry. Sa La Niña naman po, heavy rainfall. Kasi nung na-realize ko na mali pala 'yung pag-deliver ko, 'yung pag-answer ko, bigla pong nag-react na ako. Sinabi ko na nga po dun sa host na alam ko kung ano ang La Nina, heavy rainfall. Hindi ko po ma-explain kung bakit ganun po [ang naging pagsagot ko],” she said.
She also added that if she could change her answer, she would say, “El Nino and La Nina are both effects of climate change. If we don’t do our part, we will really experience drought and heavy rainfall. Act now so we can have a better future.”
Bellatrix also told her bashers that they should try joining a national pageant to feel the same pressure.
“Sobrang hirap po ng Q&A kahit gaano kasimple 'yan. ‘Di ba po ang dami ring beauty queens na nagkakamali sa question and answer?” she added.
In the end, she also thanked her supporters for defending her.
Main Photo credit to tanbellatrix IG