One of the hotly commented posts in the YouTube is 1969 Ms. Universe Gloria Diaz’s comment (link here or watch the post below) in relation to Venus Raj’s response on the Q & A portion of the 2010 Ms. Universe pageant. Diaz is proposing that maybe it is high time that we employ interpreters for our candidates in Ms. Universe pageants as there are persons who can hardly speak English so they should be allowed to answer in their native tongue.
Diaz’s proposal has a point. Dakul an nagsasabi na nagluluwas na patal si Venus Raj dahil dai niya na ngani nasimbag su hapot saiya, wrong grammar pa. Mas maraot pa kaiyan, dakul an nagsasabi na hambugon asin utikon si Raj dahil imposible na wara siyang nagibong sala digdi sa kinaban maging “minor, minor” mistake man iyan. Sabi ngani kan sarong international TV news anchor, warang tawo na daing nagibong sala.
But we cannot really say that Raj is stupid. Kung sasabihon ta iyan, dakul na man an madadamay lalo na an mga eskuwelahan na nagtao saiya ki dakulang honra, an mga pulitiko na nagtabang saiya para ma-retain an korona, asin an Bb. Pilipinas organizers na nagpadara saiya sa Ms. Universe bilang kandidata. It could be that she is also intelligent only that she can’t express herself in English.
Which brings us to the point: That there is nothing wrong speaking in the local tongue. Moreso, we should consider using the local tongue as the primary medium of instruction in our schools. Otherwise, totally abolish the local tongues and teach everyone English (or the language officially desired by the Philippines) from the very moment he/she is born. The rationale for this is clear: Not to crowd too much information on an individual but to help him or her develop his logic or information processing skills and communicate the same in a language he/she is comfortable with — basically, the mother tongue.
Earlier, Biklish noted that in Kalinga, the Municipality of Lubuagan tested the idea of teaching their students in the lingua franca. The result: “when students learn to read and write in their mother tongue before learning to read and write in a second or third language, they progress more quickly both in literacy skills and in second language acquisition.”
The Lubuagan experiment was also validated in Valenzuela City just lately when fourth graders, who were given a Math quiz in Filipino, scored higher marks compared with the sixth graders who took the same quiz in English (source here). Hence, assuming that Venus Raj is intelligent, she could have fared better when she expressed herself in her lingua franca. At any rate, the use of interpreters is not prohibited. Miss Mexico, the crowned Miss Universe 2010, in fact, used an interpreter to answer a question that requires a bit of intellectual processing compared with Raj’s question which is very personal and only requires some sort of a “memory recall”.
Gloria Diaz’s interview
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The past several hours, Bicolana Maria Venus Raj, the 4th Runner-Up to the 2010 Miss Universe beauty pageant has invaded the Internet and social networking sites making her more popular than the crowned winner, Miss Universe 2010 Jimena Navarrete of Mexico. The reason: Her “major, major” mistake during the Question and Answer portion.
When celebrity judge William Baldwin asked the question, “What is one big mistake that you committed in your life and what did you do to make it right?”, Venus Raj replied, “… In my 22 years of existence, I can say, there is nothing major, major… I mean problem that I have done in my life because I am very confident with my family with the love that they are giving to me so thank you so much that I am here…” (See ABC News video report here)
It’s okay, though. Even noted personalities like President George Bush had a hard time answering the same question. (See video here.) But because of her “major, major” reply which was considered a “poor answer”, she lost the most coveted crown by a few breaths. According to experts, the correct answer was simply to be honest. As Luoise Kusmark, the Director of Resume Writing Academy said, “No one wants to admit they made mistake… you need to be honest but you don’t need to bare yourself…”
Anyway, it’s major major lesson not only for Venus but also for everyone. Let us just enjoy the “major major pride” that Venus Raj, dubbed as Ms. Perfect in some sites, brought the Philippines and especially the Bicolanos.
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Maria Venus Raj
Miss Philippines Maria Venus Raj came out Fourth Runner Up in the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant held in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. Crowned Miss Universe 2010 is Miss Mexico, Jimena Navarrete.
Hopes are high for her winning the title as she was among the top 15 picks in Online Poll and in Swimsuit. Disaster occurred, however, during the Question and Answer portion when she was asked what is biggest mistake she ever committed in her life. Her reply: In my 22 years of existence, I have no major, major problem…
Miss Universe 2010 Jimena Navarrete
At any rate, Raj’s position in the pageant is an honor for the Philippines especially the Bicolanos. For a profile of Raj, click here
The complete list of winners are as follows:
Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete – Miss Universe 2010Miss Jamaica Yendi Phillipps – 1st Runner Up
Miss Australia, Jessinta Campbell – 2nd Runner Up
Miss Ukraine Anna Posslavska – 3rd Runer Up
Miss Philippines Maria Venus Raj – 4th Runner Up
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Maria Venus Raj, a Bicolana from Bato, Camarines Sur, is among the Top 10 Finalists in the Miss Universe 2010 pageant. Earlier, she topped the first 15 candidates in Online Poll and is among the Top 15 in Swimsuit for the Miss Universe Pageant .
Raj was born on July 7, 1988 out of wedlock in Doha, Qatar. Her mother is a Bicolana while his father is said to be an Indian national.
Raj was awarded the title Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010. She was stripped off the crown after some controversies involving her citizenship. However, after the Department of Foreign Affairs proved that she is a Filipino citizen by virtue of jus sanguinis, the crown was returned to her.
Raj grew in Bato and studied in Bicol University where she graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Communication Arts in Journalism. She was also conferred the honors of Cum Laude.
Aside from the Bb. Pilipinas Universe title, she also won the Miss Philippines Earth Eco Tourism 2008 and Miss Bicolandia 2007.
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