I woke up “early” today to watch the Miss Universe 2010 pageant live. I suppose there are a lot more productive things I can do with my time whenever I wake up early, but I hope you don’t judge me if I like looking at pretty dresses and swimsuits and “national costumes”. So maybe beauty pageants are outdated and degrading and whatever, but the winner does charity work and such, so it’s not a complete waste of our resources, right?
OK, let’s talk about the pageant now.
I actually didn’t wake up in time still and started watching when they were about to announce the Top 15. I said that our country, the Philippines should be included because if we weren’t, then it wouldn’t be as much fun to watch. Luckily, not only did our contestant Venus Raj get into the Top 15, but she got into the Top 10 and the Top 5 as well! Hooray! 😀
Unfortunately, she was only a runner-up, but that’s OK because I was really happy that she got to at least the Top 5. I just wonder how people from those countries who weren’t included in the Top 15 feel while they were watching. I mean, what’s the point if there isn’t anyone you’re rooting for? And what’s the point of rooting for someone who isn’t from your country? Or, okay, I guess it’s also fun to root for others because honestly I kind of liked Miss Australia, too. And if Miss Philippines didn’t win, I would’ve wanted to see Miss Australia as the next Miss Universe.
Alas, it was Miss Mexico who won. I don’t have anything against her though I didn’t really like her answer in the Q&A part and I think what put Miss Philippines at the bottom of the Top 5 was her answer at the Q&A part, which is where the title of my post comes from. (This quote is an approximation. I didn’t write it down while I was watching it. I’m not that fangirly.)
Q: What big mistake have you made in your life and what did you do to overcome it?
A: I can say that in my 22 years of existence, there is nothing major major, I mean, problem that I’ve had to face and it’s because of the support of my family and friends and that’s why I made it here and I’m so happy to be here.
Right. Malas lang talaga kasi ang panget ng tanong. How come all the other contestants got stuff about the usual death penalty and other international issues, but Miss Philippines gets a personal question? What should she have answered? If let’s say she was caught shoplifting when she was 15, I don’t think it would’ve been wise to admit that to an international audience. Darn you William Baldwin (he’s the judge who asked/picked the question, btw).
Oh well. There’s always next year. Congratulations to Ms. Mexico for 2010! 🙂
(Pictures from http://www.missuniverse.com/ )
I was going to forego this but what the heck.
OK, regarding “major major”, which apparently everyone also noticed and so is now making fun of, let me defend Venus Raj’s use of it. There is, actually, something called “Philippine English”, which is the Philippine variant of the English language, much like how Ireland has their own version of English called Irish English or the British have their own British English. Because we have adopted English as our second language, it’s only natural that we have our own colloquial form of it, which differs somewhat from its parent American English.
The difference being, nothing major (major). Just perhaps a characteristic of the national language Filipino/Tagalog or two that’s also applied to English, e.g. Instead of saying “turn on the lights”, in the Philippines, it’s accepted to say “open the lights”, because the literal English translation of the Filipino word buksan, meaning “turn on” is “open”.
Now, in Filipino, you can repeat words for emphasis, e.g. When “Ang ganda niya” means “She’s beautiful”, “Ang ganda ganda niya” means “She’s really beautiful”. Since Venus Raj meant to say that she hasn’t done any really big mistakes in her life, she repeated the word “major” for emphasis.
Of course, it still turned out wrong because she wasn’t able to follow that description with the right words, so she just excused herself and used the crutch of “I mean…” but I don’t really blame her for that. She was in a stressful situation and was at least able to handle it better than Janina San Miguel.
Right. Maybe I’m talking too much about this. But I’m kind of sad that there are so many people who can’t appreciate Miss Philippines being in 5th place. People are so harsh.