Maxine Medina said Imelda Marcos was the inventor of the Filipiniana terno.
Philippine bet for Miss Universe Maxine Medina mistakenly
said during the preliminary competition of the 65th Miss Universe on Thursday
that former First Lady Imelda Marcos was the one who "invented" the
traditional Filipiniana terno dress. After the blunder circulated, she soon
apologized for her mistake.
"Sorry for that word... Mali lang 'yung word na nagamit
ko. ‘Wag niyo naman sana seryosohin. I did really research it. I read a lot about
it," she said. Maxine added that she was supposed to use the word “popularize”
instead of “invented.”
Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach then came to her
defense and said it would be better to uplift the country’s candidate instead
of being negative about Maxine.
"Hindi naman niya (Medina) sasadyain 'yun kung alam
niya. Sa tingin ko she just honestly did not know. Let's just uplift her
instead of putting her down," she said.
The coronation of the 65th Miss Universe
pageant will be on January 30.