- Gloria Diaz doesn’t think Maxine Medina can give PH a back-to-back Miss Universe win
- Social media users commended her for giving an honest answer
- “No. But I think she has a chance, and chance is one in a million.” – Gloria Diaz
MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz gave an honest opinion when she was asked on Monday, January 16, during the Governor’s Ball of the Miss Universe pageant if our country’s bet Maxine Medina, can give the Philippines a back-to-back win.
ABS-CBN News quoted her as saying in an interview with People’s Television Network (PTV): “No. But I think she has a chance, and chance is one in a million.”
Social media users commended the actress, who is also the first Filipina to the Miss Universe crown, for giving an honest answer.
One Facebook user said: “She just gave the most honest answer that everyone also has at the back of their minds. Let’s face it. Walang back to back and it’s not about being negative, it’s about being real. Let’s hope Maxine makes it to top 5.”
Others had also criticized Medina’s English skills.
As per a CNN story, Diaz previously expressed her desire for Filipino beauty queens to feel free to answer in our mother tongue if they’re uncomfortable expressing themselves in English.
Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj admitted that she really wanted to have an interpreter and even requested for one but she did not get the approval of Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI).
She said: “They (BPCI) said, ‘No, you don’t need an interpreter because the Philippines is actually known as an English-speaking country, so hindi mo kailangan.'”
When Raj was asked if she thinks Medina needs an interpreter, she said that it’s the latter’s prerogative but she has to submit to the authority which is Binibining Pilipinas.
“If Binibining Pilipinas don’t allow her to have an interpreter, sila pa rin may desisyon,” she added.
There were also a number of Facebook users who urged our countrymen to support Medina instead of criticizing her English skills.