Samantha Bernardo wins first runner-up in Miss Grand International 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Samantha Bernardo won as first runner-up in the Miss Grand International 2020 with coronation night held in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, March 27.

Samantha Bernardo wins First Runner-up
Congratulations, Samantha Bernardo!

Miss USA Abena Appiah won the crown. She will take over the reign of Miss Grand International 2019 Valentina Figuera.

Miss Grand International 2020

The Top 5 contestants were asked in the Final Q&A: "With the current COVID-19 situation between 1) shutting down the country for the safety of the people knowing that the country's economy will collapse and 2) open the country to keep economy running and taking the risk of COVID-19 consequences. Which one will you choose and why?"

Bernardo answered: "I will always choose the people. Because without its people, a country will never be a country. It is must that we should take care of our people first. I stand here for love and peace and unity because there will be always a solution no matter what our problem in this life. And I think if we can come together as peopl, as one united world, then we can have a better place to live with. After this COVID-19 pandemic, we can be a better citizens."

Due to even score of Miss USA, Philippines and Guatemala in the Q&A, a tie-breaker question was given to them: "If there's only one dose of COVID-19 vaccine left, who would you give it to: 15 year-old or 70-year old and why?"

Miss Guatemala, Miss Philippines and Miss USA
L-R: Miss Guatemala, Miss Philippines and Miss USA

Both Miss Guatemala and USA chose to give the vaccine to the young one while Miss Philippines decided to give the vaccine to the senior citizen.

Miss Grand International 2020 Results
  • Miss Grand International:USA
  • 1st runner-up: Philippines
  • 2nd runner-up: Guatemala
  • 3rd runner-up: Indonesia
  • 4th runner up: Brazil

Sixty-three ladies from around the world joined the prestigious competition. This includes Miss Kenya and Miss Nigeria, who were tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Bangkok.

Bernardo, from Palawan, was handpicked by Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. to represent the country in Miss Grand International after reigning titleholder was unable to compete due to age restrictions.

The Philippines has yet to win the Miss Grand International title.

The beauty pageant, founded in Thailand, marks 8th anniversary this year.

— The Summit Express

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