Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina Tells Us About Her Country
This year's Miss Universe competition is taking place in the Philippines! So, who better to learn about the country from than Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina herself?
Maxine is from Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. When asked how she would describe the Philippines to someone who has never visited there before, Maxine told us, "It's more fun in the Philippines! Our weather is as warm as our smiles."
No surprise, it turns out that Maxine's favorite place in the world is right in her own home country. Maxine said her favorite place is El Nido, Palawan, Philippines, because of its "breathtaking beauty."
El Nido is the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago, a group of islands with steep karst cliffs. It's known for its white-sand beaches and coral reefs.
"When I experienced going from one island to another, I felt that it was an extremely difficult challenge, because of physical exertion. My partner and I had to paddle all the way just to get to paradise," Maxine said of visiting the area. "It was a test of patience and an unforgettable experience, because of the majestic view of the pristine beaches and wonderful landscapes."
Maxine also told us about another unique adventure she's had in the Philippines. She went canyoneering, which is exploring a canyon by engaging in such activities as rappelling, rafting and waterfall jumping.
"I have experienced 'canyoneering' when I visited South Cebu, Philippines. At first, I was so scared to jump from the cliff, as I have never done anything like that before," Maxine said. "I have always been afraid of heights, but this experience made me conquer my fear and it was an amazing experience."
So, what's something that most people don't know about the Philippines? According to Maxine, "One of the smallest primates in the world, called a 'Tarsier,' is found in the Philippines."
Maxine also said that her favorite native dish from the Philippines is "Kare-Kare." Kare-Kare is a traditional Filipino stew complimented with a thick savory peanut sauce.
Watch the Miss Universe competition LIVE from the Philippines on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 7/6c on FOX.