Mark Herras is very proud of his girlfriend Winwyn Marquez for bringing home the 2017 Reina Hispanoamericana crown. He posted on his Instagram account:
“OMG!!! Salamat lord!!! Ga!! Wala ako masabi! Congrats pangggaa!!! Ikaw na talaga 🙂 I love you!! Wow ga wow!! We are so proud of you!!!
Winwyn Marquez is the first Filipina candidate for an international beauty pageant which was previously exclusive to Spanish-speaking countries.
In an interview with PEP, Mark shared that prior to the pageant, Winwyn has always been praying to win the title.
“Lagi niyang sinasabi sa akin na, ‘Sana manalo ako. Sana bulungan ni Lord yung mga judges. Sana hawakan ni Mama Mary yung kamay ko mamaya.”
Though Bolivia is 12 hours ahead of the time here in the Philippines, Mark said he was in constant communication with his girlfriend to give her encouragement.
“Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Ga, dasal ka lang and be positive. Kasi dapat makita ng mga tao, ng mga judges sa aura mo na parang gaya nung sinalihan mo before. Kasi, kung parang stressed ka na, masyado kang kabado, siyempre maaapektuhan ka nun.
“Ang sabi ko lang sa kanya, ‘Kahit anong mangyari, panalo ka na, e. Kung ibibigay ni God na manalo ka dito sa Bolivia, siyempre sobrang okay yun.
“Lagi lang siyang kinakabahan talaga, e.”
Mark said that Winwyn was somehow affected by comments from netizens that she won’t be able to bring home the title because of the language barrier. Apparently, Winwyn doesn’t know how to speak Spanish.
“Sabi niya sa akin, sana raw yung ibang tao, tumigil na sa pagku-comment na hindi kasi siya makapagsalita ng Spanish.
“Sabi ko na lang sa kanya, huwag na niyang sayangin ang oras niya dun.
“Kasi ang ibang tao, may masabi lang, e.”
On November 4, the grand coronation of Reina Hispanoamericana took place in Bolivia and Winwyn had been declared as the winner of the beauty pageant.
Indeed, the language barrier did not hinder Winwyn from winning the title and taking home the crown as she gave her best answer which made her the wittiest among the candidates.
This is her answer to the question: “How would you promote the Hispanic-American culture with the great difficulty or barrier of language?”
With an interpreter, Winwyn answered:
“Language can be learned. But the will and determination to contribute something to the organization cannot.
“It has to come from the heart and it has to be natural.
“I believe that kindness is the universal language. If you treat people with tolerance, patience, and love, you will understand each other.
“The Hispanic culture is not about language only. It is about love for God, love for country, love for history and culture, and love for family.
“And as a Filipina with a unique heritage, I have instilled that. I am ready to promote the Hispanic culture not just in Asia but in the whole world.
“It is time to celebrate the Hispanic culture. It is meant to be celebrated. Gracias.“