Bb. Pilipinas candidate Sandra Lemonon gets 'Build, Build, Build' briefing

Bb. Pilipinas candidate Sandra Lemonon gets 'Build, Build, Build' briefing

The saying remains true “if a door closes, another one open.”

Last weekend the much anticipated Binibining Pilipinas wherein young beautiful Filipinas vie for the much coveted crowns which will make them the official representatives of the country.

But sadly, one contestant stood out among her batch and she did not even got one of the prized crowns. It was her lack of insight to the Duterte administration’s flagship project that made her a trending topic in the country. *
Binibining Pilipinas 2018 candidate Sandra Lemonon (photo credit ABS-CBN)

And boy, did the government took notice.

Binibini 35, Sandra Lemonon was the first among the final 15 to be called after being picked randomly by one of the judges. Megawide Construction Corp. chairman Edgar Saavedra’s name was the one picked by Ms. Lemonon.

The question for her was:

"What are your insights on the government’s Build, Build, Build program?"

Lemonon’s answer was a shock to the hard core Beauty pageant crazy country like the Philippines, she said:

"Actually you know what, I studied so much for this Q&A, but sadly that's something that I don't know really much about. But at least I'm here trying to answer a good question. Thank you."

Lemonon’s unfiltered and honest answer drew a mix reaction from the thousands-strong audience at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, a co-host of that evening, in jest said, "I love her honesty. It's better than lying."

Lemonon was interviewed by ABS CBN about what happened during the dreaded Q&A portion of the competition, she said unconsciously it highlighted the lack of information dissemination of the Duterte government regarding this national policy with respect to the creation of much needed infrastructure.

"I'm so happy that this happened," Lemonon said. "I do not regret anything, because in the end, at least now everyone knows what the 'Build, Build, Build' program is! I know what it is, everyone else who didn't know what it was, now they know."  *

The government takes notice

Department of Public Works and Highways 'Build, Build, Build' Committee Chairperson Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo met with Ms. Sandra Lemonon  and was briefed everything about the Build Build Build program of the Duterte administration.

Earlier this week, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) thanked Lemonon for inspiring them to promote the infrastructure push by the government into a much wider audience.

The program is an ambitious infrastructure push by the Duterte administration. Once completed, it is expected to generate 2 million jobs annually and address crippling traffic jams that cost the Philippine economy a staggering  P2.4 billion in daily losses, according to a Japanese study.
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