The Next Miss Universe Philippines Should Use an Interpreter

Philippines
August 25, 2010 8:09am CST
After what happened to Venus, I strongly believe that our representatives to beauty pageants should start using interpreters. Look at the trend, from Miss Venezuela to Miss Mexico_ most of those who won Miss Universe are using interpreters. The advantage is that it is easy to express ideas through the native tongue. I am sure Venus have better ideas in mind... the problem probably is in expressing them in English.
5 responses
@meemingNEW (2226)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
I was thinking of the exact thing after seeing and hearing Venus Raj's answer to what could have been another crown for the Philippines. Oh well. She tried and placed 4th. That's still an achievement. As much as I would want the next Miss Universe Philippines candidate to use an Interpreter, since Philippines speaks English most than any other Asian country, it's a no excuse why we can't send out English speaking candidates and use interpreters instead. But if its possible and allowed, then why not? We might have a better chance at winning the crown again.
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
I heard that Miss Mexico can speak English, in fact, in one of ABS-CBN's interview prior to the coronation night, Miss Mexico spoke English clearly. We learn English as a second language just like other countries who used interpreters. Besides, the quality of our English is no longer the same as before.
• Philippines
26 Aug 10
Using an interpreter is actually a strategy for some. Given no chance to think clearly before you answer, having an interpreter would give you a few more seconds to think of a good answer. You need not listen to the interpreter anymore as you already understood the question. You can use this time to think. :-)
@romzz05 (572)
• Philippines
28 Aug 10
Am I the only one who thought her answer was actually fine?.. I felt she answered honestly. She does have the tendency to repeat words as seen on her previous interviews she always says "very, very" its a habit. I think its a Filipino thing Masayang-masaya, bonggang-bongga, okay na okay just for emphasis. People are criticizing her for the grammar lapse which is unfair really... if its Miss USA I could understand the criticism its her first language, I wonder if they will criticize Japan or China or Korea or other Asian countries or even Puerto Rico which is a US colony for grammar lapses on the Q&A if they decided to answer in English.
• Philippines
28 Aug 10
You are right, Filipinos are fond of repeating words. What I think made her answer wrong is the idea that it sounds like she claimed to be perfect. In fact, I have seen one video in YouTube that says: "Miss Philippines Universe' Biggest Mistake: Being Perfect with No Major Problem."
@juicekodai (1121)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
behavioral questions are really hard to answer, in my own opinion... that was the kind of question for job interview and even i will have a long pause to think of what to answer for that kind question specially if its extemporaneous.. i think Venus did understand the question fairly well, and yes, its either she cant express her answer well, or she just couldn't think of an answer at all... who wouldnt get nervous infront of people around the world?.. anyway, her answer did disappoint me since i was really expecting much from her, but still it was an achievement that she made it to the final 5..
• Philippines
26 Aug 10
I agree with you. The question raised to Venus is different from the questions raised to other contestants. Other contestants are asked with practical questions that require stereotype answers. I mean, their answers are the expected answers. As for Venus, she get to have a chance to express herself and show the world that Filipinos are optimistic. It was so unfortunate that she could not express herself well. Reflecting on her answer... I guess what she meant about not having a major problem is that she is well guided by her family that is why she could not remember anything that is very wrong which she has done... whew! Even I find it difficult to express what I have reflected about her answer... did you understand what I mean?
@atv818 (1985)
• United Arab Emirates
29 Aug 10
My sentiments exactly, kyss_smyle! Can't blame our candidate. Pressure is extreme in the final lap. Since we can't change the past anymore, it is better that we change the future by learning the lesson and making the right decision next time. This has happened a lot of times in the past. It's a waste because we can almost taste the victory and then sadly, disappeared in thin air!
@novelcai (603)
• Philippines
26 Aug 10
im still proud to venus.. she did her best.. sometimes even how we prepared ourselves in such situation like that if you feel nervous it will really ruin our performance.. For sure because she reach that far venus is really good in English. Remember also what happen to Miriam Quimbao? She became the 1st princess not because she slipped on the floor but also because of the question and answer portion..