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Paraguay crowned Miss Grand Int'l 2018; PHL makes early exit

María Clara Sosa Perdomo of Paraguay is Miss Grand International 2018.

Clara, a chef, gave a standout speech as part of the Top 10. The beauty queen focused on the tragic loss of irreplaceable life and declared, "It is not enough to ignore evil or not do evil; we must start doing good actions, helping others, and teaching  our future generation the principle of love, tolerance, and respect."

Clara's answer sent her to the Top 5 along with Japan, India, Indonesia, and Puerto Rico.

The final question for all five was, "If you were crowned Miss Grand International 2018 tonight and you could choose one country for your first visit to run your first 'Stop the War and Violence Campaign', which country would you choose and what would be your message to them?"

Clara's winning answer in full:

If I have the honor of being Miss Grand International 2018, I would choose to visit Donald Trump, because the United States of America is an example for other countries. So my first message for him would be to be an example of peace, love, and tolerance. Thank you.

Japan's Haruka Oda placed 4th runner-up, Puerto Rico's Nicole Marie Colón Rivera was 3rd runner-up, Indonesia's Nadia Purwoko was 2nd runner-up, and India's Meenakshi Chaudhary was 1st runner-up.

The Philippines' representative Eva Psychee Patalinjug made an early exit. She failed to secure a spot in the Top 20 and she lost the Miss Popular Vote to Vietnam.

During the preliminary competition, Eva slipped while walking in her evening gown. She owned the gaffe and on her Instagram emphasized on rising after every fall. — AT, GMA News