Among the Miss World Philippines 2017 queens, Miss Eco Philippines 2017 Cynthia Magpatoc Thomalla, 31, is the last to compete. She is currently in Egypt to represent the Philippines in the 2018 Miss Eco International beauty pageant.
Thomalla will compete with more than 70 women for the 2018 Miss Eco International crown. The winner will be crowned at the Marquee Theatre in Cairo, Egypt on April 27, 2018.
Hailing from Cebu, Thomalla has a degree in Tourism and Events Management. I met her personally on October 18, 2017 at Annabel’s restaurant in Quezon City, Metro Manila during the send-off party for Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann and Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2017 Winwyn Marquez, who eventually became Reina Hispanoamericana 2017.
During the event, I gave Thomalla a short test. I asked her five random beauty pageant questions with no time limit.
Here is the transcript of a question-and-answer session I had with Thomalla. It has been edited for clarity and brevity and the Filipino portions have been translated into English.
CONAN ALTATIS: What is the best way to achieve world peace?
CYNTHIA THOMALLA: The best way to achieve world peace is to start within from yourself then you teach it to other people. Then it will follow. Start with yourself and everything else will follow. World peace goes with having a bond and spreading love.
CA: How should the world deal with North Korea?
CT: We should just respect them because they have their own law and religion. To achieve world peace, we need to respect what they want to have and what they want to believe. We, as a different country, need to respect them. Let’s just pray that they do not do bombing and such stuff.
World peace will just follow. It is a little difficult because we do not know what they are planning to do. So for them not to do negative things to us, let’s just not start anything that will trigger conflict.
CA: Should transgender women be allowed to join Miss World?
CT: I do have a lot of respect for the LGBT community, specifically for transgender women. But I don’t think they should be allowed to join beauty pageants that are joined by female-born women. So if they want to have a pageant, they should be in their own pageant exclusive for them. It will be difficult to understand if female-born and transgender women compete with each other in a beauty pageant.
CA: Do you think men and women are treated equally nowadays?
CT: No. I think in this generation, people always think that men should give way to women. But I believe that a woman can do what a man can do. I don’t think there is gender equality nowadays.
CA: What is the best contribution of the Philippines to the world?
CT: Filipinos have been very hospitable to the world. That is our greatest contribution. We are an example to all foreigners. We show them how to share love and how to be happy in times of calamities, such as typhoons.
Watch my question-and-answer session with Thomalla here: