Early on, Megan Young was a crowd favorite. She often ranked high among the list of contenders. On the night of the competition, she did not disappoint. She won the crown and can now put into action her answer for the Q&A. For a year she’ll hold this title, travel the world and do her duties as Miss World.
I told my sister the news a couple of minutes after she was crowned. She asked me a question that got me thinking, what does this mean to the Philippines? I thought about it, and for one, this gives the Philippines much-needed positive publicity. It’s good news, something that could boost people’s morale. In the recent weeks our country has been portrayed in a negative light. We can thank Mark Solis, Janet Napoles and the Zamboanga crisis for this.
But her victory is only the beginning. What matters more is not the crown but what she’ll do with this position. A minor slip-up won’t do her any good and will only reflect on our country negatively. She has a year to do good, and hopefully Megan Young will wisely use what time she has to influence and lead by example. Her work and legacy is something we need, a chance for the Philippines to redeem itself.