Published: Tuesday 20 March, 2018

Did Eva Patalinjug Copy Her Q&A Answer from a Nadine Lustre Pledge?

Eva Psyche Patalinjug is the new Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2018. During Sunday’s finals, Eva Patalinjug amazed all of us with her beauty, poise and her flawless answer during the Q&A round. However, a recent claim says Patalinjug copied her answer from Nadine Lustre’s pledge in MEGA Magazine’s #TheNewPH campaign back in 2017. How true?

During the Bb. Pilipinas 2018 finals, Eva Patalinjug was asked this question by Colombian Ambassador to the Philippines Victor Echiverri: “What is the role of beauty queens in the pursuit of our country’s economic success, if any?”

And this was Patalinjug’s reply: “A role of a beauty queen is to be a voice. I am here to make a message to all of you. In these times of uncertainty and fear that have seemingly taken over in our country, we have remained steadfast and unfazed amid all the challenges.

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“As a united nation, what we should do is set aside our political differences, forget our economic and social preferences, and let love and loyalty for our country rise above all so we can march toward the future in the hopes of making a peaceful country. Thank you.”

Now, compare that to the pledge of Nadine Lustre as posted in MEGA Magazine’s #TheNewPH campaign in 2017. According to netizen Pry Rivera, the similarity between Eva Patalinjug’s answer and Nadine Lustre’s pledge is surprising:

“In these times when fear and uncertainty have seemingly taken over, as a united nation, we remain steadfast and unfazed in the midst of challenges. I believe what we need as one nation now is unity. As we celebrate our country’s independence, let us march forward towards the future, in the hopes of building a better nation, #TheNewPH. This is my stand and my pledge for humanity. What’s yours?”

Eva Patalinjug’s reply was obviously well-rehearsed and hopefuls memorized. It is also quite obvious that portions of her answer were taken from the Nadine Lustre pledge. However, Patalinjug may not have known it was copied. She may have been fed the answer by her coaches. Pageant coaches ‘train’ these hopefuls to answer questions from a wide array topics that may come up during the Q&A competition.

The best move for Eva Patalinjug and her coaches at Kagandahang Flores should be to acknowledge that her answer was ‘inspired’ by the MEGA campaign.