When 1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz told that Philippine representative Maxine Medina has a “one in a million chance” in winning the prestigious pageant, it gained a lot of flak and so she clarified her statement in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
“We’re the host. Parang can you imagine if we make our representative win? Eh ‘di magwawala lahat ng candidates and also their countries, their ambassadors? And they would all think that we are unfair,” the actress said.
“Even if our candidate deserves it, it will be a shock. It will be a one-in-a-million chance… Tayong mga Filipinos, the last thing we should hope for is for our own candidate to win,” she explained.
“I believe she can be first runner-up, pero mahirap naman, parang hometown decision. It’s parang biased, ano?”
“It will not be politically correct kung siya pa ang manalo sa ating country. Kaya in my opinion, kung ako ang Miss Philippines, I will not be hoping for myself to win here,”
Gloria also commented on Maxine getting criticized regarding her use of the English language.
“All those bashers, they don’t count. Hindi naman sila ang naka-expose doon eh.She is so pretty. And I don’t care if she speaks English, Tagalog or Bisaya. It doesn’t really matter. This is not naman a Miss Whiz or something like that. This is not a brain contest, super ganda [niya]. I love her. She could be my daughter.”
However, she still insisted that Maxine should get an interpreter.
“I’ve been saying this for more than 10 years, even in Binibining Pilipinas… Mag-Tagalog ka. Who’s gonna stop you? You can even ask the question paulit-ulit to give you a little more time. It will give her time to think in Tagalog.
“During my time… it’s a must to always speak in English. Pero ngayon, hindi na ganoon. We love our country, we love our language. You should speak in whatever language you’re comfortable with,” she said.