Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz tells TV Patrol World it is time for Filipina beauty queens to have pageant interpreters.
Following Miss Universe 4th runner-up Venus Raj’s "major major" answer in the pageant this year, which the Associated Press called a "major gaffe," Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz told TV Patrol World it is time for Filipina beauty queens to have pageant interpreters. "I think (Venus) thinks in Tagalog and answers in English. I can relate to that because I used to think in English and answer in Tagalog, and it was very difficult for me." Diaz, who claims she doesn’t judge Raj for her controversial answer, said maybe the Bicolana should have spoken in her native tongue.
English Professor Jose Wendell Capili, also the associate vice president for public affairs of the University of the Philippines, told TV Patrol World that Filipinos should speak in the language they are comfortable with. "(Raj) should’ve been allowed to speak in Bicolano, but not because she’s unintelligent or incapable of speaking in English. Look at Miss Mexico. She can speak in English but she had an interpreter for the question and answer portion. She had an opportunity to think about her answer twice or thrice."
Raj has said she does not regret her answer, and she would say the same thing if asked again, reports ABS-CBNNews.com. "Wala naman talaga akong mistake na ginawa sa buhay ko (I really don’t think I’ve ever made a mistake in my life)... I’m a very positive person." She said she takes everything that happens to her as a challenge, as something that will have a positive effect on her life.
Raj added that she does not take offense when people make fun of her answer. "At least I was part of people’s everyday conversation... Do not think of the past; think of the future."
When Diaz won Miss Universe in 1969, the year man first landed on the moon, pageant host Bob Barker asked the top five finalists, "If a man on the moon would come down, how would you entertain him?" Diaz’s winning answer was "I guess since he has been in the moon so long, he would enjoy anything that an ordinary man would."
Gloria Diaz’s winning answer at the 1969 Miss Universe pageant at 4:42