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Top 10 Most Unforgettable Pinay Beauty Queen Answers
The most memorable make-it-or-break-it moments of beauty pageants past.
Published on: Sep 15, 2011 - 11:59am

Q&A Queens: Melanie Marquez, Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Gloria Diaz



( The most watched, most entertaining, and most dreaded (for contestants anyway) part in any beauty pageant has to be the question and answer segment. Candidates are put on the spot in a global fishbowl under the watchful eyes of one billion viewers, and the make-it-or-break-it moment determines their fate—usually in a minute or less—and whether or not their ability to think on their feet can win them the coveted crown. Yup, it's tough and certainly nerve-wracking out there... perhaps it only goes to show that winning is not just about looking great in a bikini and trying not to trip on that figure-hugging, floor-length evening gown, no?

At the height of Venus Raj’s “major major” brouhaha last year, Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz speculated that the Bicolana beauty “thinks in Tagalog then answers in English,” leading her to suggest that Pinay beauty queens should have interpreters. English professor Jose Wendell Capili backed Diaz and told TV Patrol World that Raj should’ve have been allowed to speak in Bicolano, "not because she’s unintelligent or incapable of speaking in English,” but because having an interpreter would have allowed her the “opportunity to think about her answer twice or thrice." Meanwhile, Raj was unmoved by the controversy. She said in an ABS-CBN report that she had no regrets about her answer, and that she would say the same thing if asked again.

This list compiles the most memorable Q&A moments of beauty pageants past—where  memorable isn’t always a good thing.


Take the poll: Which beauty queen had the most unforgettable answer for you?


10. Jeannie Anderson, Binibining Pilipinas Pageant, 2006


The Scene: The one when she says, "Quiet please!"

The Question: "If you were given a chance to choose to become beautiful but not too smart or very smart and not too beautiful, what would you prefer to be and why?"

The Answer: "Well, um, quiet please! Okay. Well, I'd rather choose to be, uh, beautiful. Um, because, um, to be beautiful like, um, it's natural. But, um, being smart, you can learn. You can learn, um, a lot of things. You can learn from the experience. You can learn from a lot of things to be smart."

Looking pale as a ghost and like she was about to faint, Anderson appeared to be scared sh*tless when 1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz asked her the question (and we don't blame her). In theory, she had a point—how she got to it was the problem. We don’t know where she is now, but we sure hope she's doing well.


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  • Third1014
    I'm sad about raj's answer, but not as in sad sad, because i'm happy also that she represented the Philippines with all the grace that she could muster. And it's not an easy thing to do. Her flaw was not major, as in major major.
    10 months ago     Reply  
  • jesus
    It's not really a comment, sa kaso ni Venus Raj, medyo mahirap after a long 10 years na nawala tayo sa ere ng MU, tas nag karoon ng contro after she won Bb, Pilininas, tapos bigla syang nakapasok sa top 15 na sa pinakahuli pa, isipin nyo ung tensyon sa kanya..,then pag tayo nag sasalita din, inuulit - ulit natin pag wala pa tayong nahahagilap na kasunod na words, Halimbawa " eh, kasi, eh, eh, eh, kasi" ganun lang yon..mga factors to be considered, kayo ang tumayo don.. at least Venus Raj ay nag bukas ng pangalanng bansa pag katapos na nahimbing ang Pilipinas sa patimpalak...
    Mar 22 2014 @ 11:27am     Reply  
  • me!
    st*p*d list where is precious lara quigaman, margie moran... part of the list as unforgettable janina san miguel and jeannie anderson come on!? who remember them? if you say they are unforgettable?!
    Sep 20 2013 @ 06:43pm     Reply  
  • Miggy
    hindi naman maganda ni ruffa naging specific
    Jul 03 2013 @ 10:30pm     Reply  
  • ghine
    i agree. because being a beauty queen was never easy.
    Dec 20 2012 @ 05:01pm     Reply  
  • Gaudencio Callanta
    You have a good collection ;) Thank you so much for the effort of compiling them.
    Oct 06 2012 @ 05:38pm     Reply  
  • por
    why did she always say umf...and her answer are to pale
    Jul 26 2012 @ 10:56am     Reply  
  • suzeth guzman
    why is that precious lara quigaman is not included here were in fact she won the crown of ms. international 2005
    Apr 18 2012 @ 12:37pm     Reply  
  • suzeth guzman
    for me its charlene gonzales because she did not really no the answer
    Apr 18 2012 @ 12:31pm     Reply  
  • ampopot
    I think Ms. Anna Theresa Licaros should also be included here. She did a great job.
    Mar 17 2012 @ 12:02pm     Reply  
  • achiechei@098
    rufa are you sure to your answer? yes or no..
    Mar 02 2012 @ 08:58pm     Reply  
  • papacute@123
    Rufa is a very intelligent and beautiful... thats the news that i received noh...
    Mar 02 2012 @ 08:44pm     Reply  
  • marK
    nice!!!oNe: FrOm MARK!!!
    Feb 15 2012 @ 11:19am     Reply  
  • nikkimier
    JANINA SAN MIGUEL WAS SOOO FUNNY ROFL! she didn't even answer the darn question! HAHA
    i love Shamcey Supsup's and that Jaimaican girl from 2010's answer.they acknowledged God :)
    Jan 12 2012 @ 07:05pm     Reply  
  • my pamily
    bb.pilipinas 2008 "f" and "p" mixed up, the worst of all! haha! laugh trip!
    Jan 06 2012 @ 12:09am     Reply  
  • basta
    how about when Evangeline Pascual was asked to say something in our language during her Final Q&A and she said... SANA MANALO AKO NGAYONG GABI!
    Nov 19 2011 @ 11:16pm     Reply  
  • jean
    The most unforgettable for me is Nina Ricci Alagao's answer in Binibining Pilipinas 2000. Too bad she didn't even make it to top 10 in the Miss U.rnrnQuestion: "How will you pursue your dreams and aspirations in a fast changing world of the new millenium?" rnrnNina: "Well, that won't be difficult for someone who is receptive to new ideas. I guess you have to be on guard all the time and can't be caught unaware of things to come. You always have to be on the lookout for what is new because just when you thought technology is at its peak, there's more to come!"
    Nov 13 2011 @ 08:22pm     Reply  
  • eto_na
    (con't of my earlier comment) Or, maybe Venus just fumbled that she said "major major" instead of saying "major problem" right away, judging from what she said na "major major, i mean, problem..." Minsan naman kasi when we are nervous, we really stammer at some point. rnrnBut still I stand on my position that saying "major, major" is not wrong. Para lang yan, "it's a small, small thing," or "The wind is so, so strong!", etcetera.
    Sep 21 2011 @ 01:14am     Reply  
  • eto na nga
    i'm really fed up with people laughing over Venus's "major, major" answer. it's not wrong naman eh. repeating an adjective like that is correct if you mean the superlative kind already, and as long as a comma is placed between the two majors. in Filipino, we'd even say "sobra-sobra na."
    Sep 21 2011 @ 01:10am     Reply  
  • @unknown pinoy
    @unknown pinoy... tanggapin mo na hindi pa panahon natin manalo ng Ms. Universe. Wag mong insultuhin ang isang Ms. Lea Salonga dahil compare to you isa kang kutong lupa... D hamak na mas nagdala ng karangalan c Ms. Lea Salonga sa ating bansa kaysa sa mga Ms. Universe contestant. D mo ba alam, na ang isang Ms. Universe pageant ay may hidden agenda kung sino ang papanalunin. Ika nga combining business and politics yan.. Itanong mo kay Donald Trump.rn
    Sep 19 2011 @ 01:16pm     Reply  
  • pink panther
    melanism #1rnJudge:What part of your body would you like to change?rnMelanie Marquez: "I won't change my legs because I'm contented with my long-legged."rnAng lakas ng fighting spirit at super confident c idol. Take note hindi masyadong magaling ang English pero talbog ang mga Englisera contestant sumali sa Ms. Universe.rn
    Sep 19 2011 @ 01:09pm     Reply  
  • stal
    Ang kitid naman ng pananaw ni unknown pinoy. What would you feel kung may judge na taga Angola, at pinanalo nya lang si Ms. Angola dahil magkababayan sila, kahit pa sa sarili nya alam nyang mas magaling ang ibang contestant? I think naging fair lang si Ms. Salonga. As Shamcey said, mas winner ang marunong tumanggap ng pagkatalo.
    Sep 18 2011 @ 01:11pm     Reply  
  • s
    Please do not call Lea Salonga utak-talangka. She was there as a judge, to find the best among the Miss Universe candidates, and she felt Miss Angola deserved the crown. She did not intend to pull down Shamcey Supsup. Mas nakakahiya kung ginamit nya yung weight or influence nya as a judge to make Shamcey win dahil kapwa Pinoy, kahit na may mas deserving pang iba kaysa sakanya.
    Sep 17 2011 @ 07:02pm     Reply  
  • petra
    "the one with the 'p' and 'f' problem"rnrnlaugh trip!!
    Sep 17 2011 @ 09:09am     Reply  
  • unknown pinoy
    hindi napo mananalo ang pinay sa miss univere competition kailan pa man katunayan mismo inamin ni miss lea salonga one of the judges na no.1 pick nya miss angola kesa miss philippines example of talangka mentality.pagkakataon na sana na manalo na deserving nman talaga hinila pa pababa ng kapwa pinoy.
    Sep 16 2011 @ 07:02pm     Reply  
  • micay
    shin I guess it'srn"LAWYERS are for BAR while all the rest are for BOARD(s).
    Sep 16 2011 @ 04:28pm     Reply  
  • @yeba
    Wow, talk about archives! :)
    Sep 16 2011 @ 02:21pm     Reply  
  • yeba!
    I saw this in the web, this was supposedly Dindi Gallardo's answer during the Q&A that won her the BB. Pilipinas - Universe crown over Ruffa G.rnrnHost: Let me ask you?rnwhat for you were the most unforgettable moments during this competition?rnrnDindi's answer: The day we spent mmmm....rnthe day we spent..rnspent the day with..... the children.rnrnHost: Ladies and gentlemen please!!!!!rnplease lang...!!!rnrnDindi answer again: spent the day at...ahhh.. the Araneta. ahhhhh......rnrnHost respond: Binibining Pilipinas charities somewhere? rnrnDindi's answer: Charity, i love working with children, I love children.rnI believe that, we should, we should, we should...rnrnHost support: don't be so scared, you're so beautiful!rnrnYou're still stunning at here don't be worried, OK?rnrnHost ask again: Just tell me?rni know that crowd is getting unruly.rnrnTell me what you feel?rnrnWhat did you feel that day?rnrnDindi's answer: The children are only hope for the future.
    Sep 16 2011 @ 09:13am     Reply  
  • helen ramos
    Personal OPINION::: Ms Supsup did well in the QA portion ..there's NO Doubt BUT..She had NO REGAL AURA at all. She stood like an FHM model to the end. with all the swinging hips and though it took us to the top 5. But in the end the one that stood divine wins because this is Ms Universe and I guess you have to be Queenly Graceful. when the decision is about to be handed....Relax na sana and tama na yung project .. grace must have skipped her thoughts..well at least hindi sya kasama sa "THANK YOU GIRLS" of the chorus. still proud of her..yet can't help saying..SAYANG.
    Sep 16 2011 @ 08:12am     Reply  
  • @shin
    BAR are for LAWYERS while all the rest are for BOARD(s).
    Sep 16 2011 @ 02:51am     Reply  
  • the one below me....
    is not subtle and wise enough what dan is saying. (read the thread!)
    Sep 15 2011 @ 06:04pm     Reply  
  • @dan
    What's your basis for saying it was "suspiciously" removed?
    Sep 15 2011 @ 05:54pm     Reply  
  • paw
    Bwahahahahahahaha 'Uhm...uhm' Tapos sa BG may ibon. HAHAHAHAHAHA
    Sep 15 2011 @ 05:39pm     Reply  
  • @dan2
    'Love your compilation! :)
    Sep 15 2011 @ 05:24pm     Reply  
  • dan
    Oh. My bad. Sorry for the mistake.rnrnBut.... but....but....rnrnrna two-day old post that is suspiciously and quickly removed from the banner stories when there are much older, stale news?rnrnHmmmm.
    Sep 15 2011 @ 05:18pm     Reply  
  • dan2
    From the ghosts of Bb. Pilipinas past:rnrnQ: why did you join this pageant?rnA: me...why did i?...thank you!rn-------------------------------------rnrnQ: If you had only one of the five senses what woud you want to have?rnrnA:Uhm, the sense of sight.rnrnQ:And why is that?rnrnA: Uhm because, because...ah because I have beautiful eyes!rn-----------------------rnrnhost: ano ang meron ka o ano ang katangian mo na sa tingin mo eh kakaiba sa mga ibang contestants? rnrncontestant: ah well, para sa akin ang katangian ko na angat sa ibang contestants, is my intelligent.rn-----------------rnHi! I'm _______ and I want to be a Medicine! Thank You!rnrn---------------------------rnQ: How would you spend your last 24 hours on earth?rnrnA: i'll spend it in church. to forgive my sins!!!rn--------------------rnQ: What is your favorite color?rnrnA: PinkrnrnQ: Why?rnrnA: (medyo na rattle na)...because... because...because, it's the symbol of purity!rn------------rnrnMelanie Marquez : I would like to thank my gown, Renee Salud!rnrn----------------rnrnFrom a Mutya Pageant:rnrnHost: I heard that you're mother is a teacher, what do you think of your mother as a teacher?rnrnCandidate: I am proud to be my mother.rnrn------------------rnrnHost: (Eddie Mercado): Do you have a pet name?rnrnCandidate: Yes.rnrnHost: And what would that bernrnCandidate: DOGrnrnrnrn
    Sep 15 2011 @ 04:29pm     Reply  
  • dan
    And why would the unforgettable beauty queen answers be limited to national pageants???rnrnI say, look no farther than Eat Bulaga. Lol.rnrnVic Sotto: "Kung may magic carpet ka, saan ka pupunta?"rnrnContestant: "Pupunta po ako sa napakagandang lugar (long pause, but still projecting) - - - sa garden".rnrnLol.rn------rnAnd in a totally unrelated note, Inquiring Minds would like to know why SPOT removed the Divine Lee / Becky spoof of Shamcey Supsup?rnrnIs it because of the "undesirable comments about Divine Lee and their alledged unscrupulous business?".... rnrnNa-threaten or natakot ba kayo? Just asking. So unlike of Spot. =)
    Sep 15 2011 @ 04:19pm     Reply  
  • hmpf!
    may sinagot ba si dindi nun?.. prang wla nman.. dinaan lng sa ganda.. hahaha..
    Sep 15 2011 @ 03:08pm     Reply  
  • jinx
    Dindi Gallardo also made a boo-boo in 1993. I wonder why she's not included on the list.
    Sep 15 2011 @ 03:02pm     Reply  
  • ched
    bar daw o! ano ba yan! nakakahiya!
    Sep 15 2011 @ 02:46pm     Reply  
  • jons
    bakit wala si Lara Quigaman?
    Sep 15 2011 @ 01:53pm     Reply  
  • i'm not spot but..
    Board it is... Bar exams are for Lawyers.
    Sep 15 2011 @ 01:17pm     Reply  
  • nonong
    Chancey's was the most intelligent answer. But maybe not one liked by all judges because it is 'politically incorrect'. Being in front of the whole world, it may not be easy to be understood how religious we are. What I could have answered was.. 'iWe may not have come to a point when marriage is being considered if the man I love does not know me enough to know I will not change whatever religion I am in.'.. Isn't that neutral enough?rn
    Sep 15 2011 @ 01:16pm     Reply  
  • shin
    bar or board topnotcher? just asking spot..
    Sep 15 2011 @ 12:42pm     Reply  
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