Ariella on bashing: 'Yes it's okay na mag-bash, na mag-put ng negative comments as long as constructive'
Almost a month after she finished as the third runner-up in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant held in Russia, Philippine bet Ariella “Ara” Arida still has to deal with issues surrounding the event. One of the issues is the belief that she was robbed of the crown considering some international celebs and foreigners were rooting for her to win.
“Talaga? Wow! Sobrang thank you sa lahat ng naniniwala na ganon. Parang hindi lang for myself, [kundi] para sa buong Pilipinas na kahit ibang tao [mula sa] ibang country ang tingin nila Philippines ‘yung sana nakakuha ng crown. Ayun sobrang thankful ako,” she blurted during an interview at the Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na: An All-Star Benefit concert.
Ariella, who was embroiled in a controversy due to a misinterpreted remark about Latina beauty queens, wound up being pitted against five Latina ladies namely: Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, and Spain. (Miss Venezuela Gabriel Isler emerged as the victor.)
While many seemed to have been surprised by this irony, Ariella underscored that she hadn’t really thought about the scenario until after the pageant. “Hindi ko na kasi naisip ‘yun eh. Actually late ko na naisip ‘yon na lahat sila puro Latina tapos ako lang pala ‘yung hindi nag-interpreter kasi nung nandoon ako sa Top 5 ang iniisip ko talaga ‘yung question. Ako sumasagot ako sa utak ko kung ano ‘yung tinatanong kay Brazil, kay Ecuador, bago sa akin,” she shared.
But she’s glad that her effort to represent the country well in the pageant didn’t go unnoticed and that in a way she was able to prove herself especially after the major backlash that she received online following the misunderstood comment. “Yung Russian people nung um-attend ako ng interview the day after sabi ng Russian channel, ‘yun nag-comment sila sa akin na, na-appreciate nila na nagustuhan nila na I tried my best to answer in English and not use a translator,” the 25-year-old stunner revealed.
With or without a crown, Ariella remained proud that she was able to continue the country’s Top 5 winning streak, even pointing out that there was probably a reason why she didn’t bag the top plum.
“Siguro binigay narin ni Lord na third runner-up para makabalik ako dito sa Pinas,” Ariella said. She actively participated in a number of relief efforts for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda ever since she got back to the country.
Does she have any message to her detractors, particularly those who second-guessed her capacity to win because of her speaking skills? “Thank you na rin kasi parang hindi ako mapu-push na gawin talaga kung ano ang kaya ko and hindi rin sila kasi mawawala kahit gaano ka ka-perfect at kahit feeling ng ibang tao walang nakikita sayo. Meron at meron paring masasabi sayo ang mga tao. I think it’s natural. ‘Yung sa akin lang, thank you, tanggap ko naman eh,” Ariella stressed.