Hannah Arnold, newly crowned Binibining Pilipinas International 2021, expressed her gratitude to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for congratulating her and acknowledging her advocacy.
In a virtual press conference nearly a week after winning the national competition, Arnold revealed that of DOST’s projects, she likes the Invent School program the most, where students create ideas and inventions while the agency helps them through workshops.
“I want to thank the Department of Science and Technology for watching coronation night and recognizing that we really need the help of scientists to prevent another pandemic,” said Arnold, a graduate in Applied Science in Forensic Studies from the University of Canberra.
According to the beauty queen, the government program encourages students to continue developing inventions which can be vital in preventing future disasters and problems such as the pandemic.
Arnold hopes she can get the chance to visit the students during her reign.
“They [students] participate in a workshop with them [DOST] to encourage them to continue and prevent future problems, disasters. I heard applications closed yesterday, so maybe with my reign I can visit these students and see what they are up to,” she joked.
On social media, DOST praised Arnold for raising the flag of science and technology on the competition stage.
“Thank you, Ms. Hannah Arnold for proudly raising the S&T flag and encouraging younger generations to pursue careers in science,” the post read.
“Let’s increase the scientific and technological presence on the international scene, even in beauty contests.”
Arnold, on the other hand, was happy that his science degree helped show that contestants are more than just a pretty face.
“I’m so glad they really recognized it and showed that we all have beautiful backgrounds in which to [there is an] infinite variability of women, we have a lot to contribute. We can also balance being a scientist and a beauty queen,” she added.
Arnold will represent the country at Miss International 2021, which will be held in Japan in November.
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