This is going to be (somewhat) short and sweet. I promise you.1
Me and beauty pageants in general don’t really match. I’m not talking about the competition itself, but I do have quite a lot of mixed feelings when it comes to beauty pageants. I used to watch the Miss Universe pageants when I was a kid simply because the parents and family suddenly became interested in the pageant since the crowning of Gloria Diaz,2 the first representative from the Philippines3 who won the Miss Universe crown back in 1969. The sad thing is, I have never seen or heard (or read rather) any other country ever so passionate with beauty pageants as much as the Philippines has.4
But anyway, moving on. Since my family and I moved here in the States to start a new life, I simply just stopped watching the pageant altogether because I was too busy trying to discover who I should be like as a person living in the real world, so to speak. For some reason though, my instincts have been telling me that I should take a break from tonight and watch this year’s Miss Universe pageant.5 I heard from my Facebook friends in the Philippines that they’ve got a rather strong contender in Miss Pia Wurtzbach, an actress and media personality in the old country.6 For me though, I always thought that the past Miss Universe Philippines reps were always strong contenders.7 Pia Wurtzbach is something else though. Even though I get a little irked when they have actresses and TV personalities entering beauty contests such as this one, I actually found respect with them as well when Miss Megan Young won Miss World 2013.
So, for those who have seen tonight’s pageant, I’m pretty sure a lot of you are having mixed feelings with the huge, huge mistake that Steve Harvey (first-time host) misread the card that was written on there with the final results. I mean, as a Filipino who have been trying to stay in her original roots while living as an American for most of my life, I should be proud and happy, but I am not celebrating tonight. Miss Philippines did not even get her celebratory stage walk as this year’s Miss Universe as the broadcast was quickly and immediately cut off. Miss Colombia had her time with the crown on stage, only to see it shatter just a few minutes (seconds?) later by Steve Harvey’s horrible mistake. One good thing though is that Steve Harvey apologized and took responsibility of the entire mess. Both Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines did not deserve what they had to go through and what they’re about to go through right now.8 I wanted to give both ladies (and even Miss USA too, I also find her equally deserving) a hug for this messy atrocity. Another good thing though is that all ladies, including the other representatives who participated, all came out with poise, confidence, and with true integrity. Congrats to all you ladies for representing your respective countries, but most of all, representing what the definition of the modern woman should be like in this era today.
Things like this happen. Heck, it’s already happened many times on national TV, but this has got to be very devastating, mainly because this was broadcast throughout the entire globe, just like the Olympics. I sympathize with all parties on this situation. Sadly there are others who will always be too close-minded and ignorant with everything.
One more thing before I sign off. I have a quick message towards the Filipino public, more specifically, the ones living in the Philippines. First of all, just be proud and happy that Miss Wurtzbach won the crown. Second, seriously, shut the f— up and get off your high horses. In a global competition such as Miss Universe, the fluency of the English language is NOT even in the rules and it is NOT even part of the judging criteria either. Besides, I think answering those difficult questions on the Q&A sessions of the pageant should always come from the heart, and part of the heart is the pride of one’s own heritage. I’m sure that representatives are more comfortable answering those questions through their own native languages because it’s a lot easier to convey their messages by heart through them. I also think it’s rather fair that they have interpreters so that they may be able to understand the question even more, especially when the question is read to them in a language they are not too keen or familiar with in daily life. Personally, I would have preferred Miss Wurtzbach answer the questions in Filipino just to show her ethnic pride to the world, but she made her choice. Lastly, learn to respect other countries, even though there are a lot of moronic bashers out there. You are no different from the rest of those haters, because as far as I know, a lot of Filipinos are as spiteful with hate and discrimination when the odds are not in their favor. Your representative knows how to accept defeat (for example). Why can’t you?
I’m pretty sure that I may be having some bashers myself when someone reads this. Oh well, not that I care. It is what it is.
Ikaw na ang totoong binibining Pinay, Pia Wurtzbach! Maraming salamat po at mabuhay ang Pilipinas!
Final Shoutout though: Miss Ariana Miyamoto, for being the first-ever biracial representative of Japan, one of the most homogenous countries in the world. You may not have made it to the Top 3, but you still made it at the top. The black complexion can truly give you unique beauty. おめでとうございます、宮本さん！
On the sidenote...
- Actually I’ll take that back. [↩]
- one of my favorite actresses during my childhood [↩]
- probably the first Asian too… I don’t remember… [↩]
- and this is why I feel that the Filipinos are the most vain people in the whole world— physical beauty is ALWAYS a major factor of “success.” After all, the Philippines was once voted as “the selfie capital of the world” in some CNN poll some years before… kinda doesn’t make me feel proud of being Filipino myself… [↩]
- I actually was boycotting the pageant altogether after that horrendous comment that Donald Trump (who I do not support by the way) made against Mexican immigrants. He might as well be discriminatory against all immigrants in general including his own ancestors. Really. [↩]
- I also have a friend who knows her personally in real life. Not bragging though. [↩]
- I really liked Shamcey Supsup (2011) and Janine Tugonon (2012), though they did finish at the Top 5. [↩]
- all the upcoming and ongoing hating going on with either side by the netizens that is… [↩]