Wait, disclaimer muna: I’m no Norman Tinio when it comes to beauty pageants, OK? What I’m going to write are comments made by a casual pageant observer. Feel free to correct me when I’m wrong about something.
Anyway highway and expressway….
OMG OMG OMG!!! That’s what I kept on shouting earlier as I watched the live telecast of the #MissUniverse2015 on Star World.
I almost didn’t watch it because Randy, Raviv and I were supposed to do some last-minute shopping this morning. In fact, I was already getting dressed to go out. But when I saw on Fashion Pulis that Pia was among the Top 5, I hurriedly turned on the TV. Pag bukas ko, sakto that Miss Philippines has just been called to complete the Top 3. I convinced Randy that we need not do some more shopping anymore. Then I curled up on bed and continued to watch. I also turned on the TV in the kitchen so Yaya Isay and Manay Gemma could watch while they’re cooking.
During the Q&A portion, pak na pak naman talaga ang answer ni Pia! “Confidently beautiful with a heart” will go a longer way than “major, major”, I tell you. Kebs that she looked the most nervous of all (did you notice that? Miss USA and Miss Colombia were smiling and waving while Pia seemed to have stood frozen for some time). Based on my meager knowledge of what answer was pang-Miss Universe, I think that it was just a toss between Miss USA and Miss Philippines. Miss Colombia’s answer seemed tangential. So ayaaan naaaa, nakakakaba naaaaa!
My nerves calmed down a bit after I watched Seal serenading the ladies. “Kiss From a Rose” is among my super duper favourite songs!
And then commercial again. Randy joined me in bed, medyo mocking me for watching, because he knows pageants are really not my cup of tea.
Then the winners were being announced by Steve Harvey. When Miss USA was pronounced as the 2nd runner-up, I was cheering! In my mind, #AlamNaThis! Philippines na ’to! Then the emcee (haha, emcee talaga?!? Sige na nga, host na lang) announced that Miss Colombia was Miss Universe, I groaned loudly. I was complaining to Randy that I’ll never understand the Q&A portion because my “best answer bets” don’t usually win. I was wallowing in depression that’s why I didn’t move to turn off the TV. I tortured my pagka-Pinoy by watching Paulina Vega and Ariadna Gutierrez hug and jump together. Back-to-back winner ang Colombia. 🙁
And then Steve Harvey walked on stage. When he said, “I have to apologize” and Miss Colombia was still smiling, I thought he was going to crack a joke. But after seeing him cringe…OMG OMG OMG!!!
And the rest is history!!!
I was cheering happily and wildly in the bedroom, and so did Yaya Isay and Manay Gemma in the kitchen! Randy even said it was a good thing he decided to lie down and watch beside me. Even the Facebook pages dedicated to sports he is subscribed to is talking about it.
While I was wrapping Christmas gifts afterwards, I couldn’t help but realize how historic the Miss Universe 2015 is, especially for us Filipinos. Here are why:
- The obvious. This is the first time that the wrong Miss Universe has been announced.
- Trumping Donald Trump. The Miss Universe franchise had been under Donald Trump from 1996 to 2014. This year, Trump no longer has any stake in the pageant.
- After 42 years! After Margie Moran won the crown in 1973 (only four years after Gloria Diaz won our first), the crown has remained elusive, until now. For a long time, our representatives were tagged only as “clappers”, or the perennial Miss Photogenic (thanks to our diligence in voting). In fact, the Pinoys’s collective interest in the Miss Universe was rekindled only in 2010 when Venus Raj got into the Top 5. After that the Philippines would always be among the Top 5, except for last year. The crown was always “abot-kamay”, but the crown would always end up on someone else’s pretty head.
- No more basura from Barraza. Did you know that for many years, Colombian Alfredo Barazza (Stella Araneta’s friend) has been designing the Philippine representative’s gown? Rumour has it that last year, MJ Lastimosa was in a bad mood because she wanted to wear a gown by Filipino designer Leo Almodal, but Stella Marquez Araneta (a Colombian) insisted on the Barazza gown. Many Pinoys say that the gowns Barazza makes for the Miss Philippines candidates are shonget, but the gowns he makes for Miss Colombia candidates are wonderful. You be the judge:
Pinoys were enraged over this “sabotage” and clamored for a Filipino designer because, naman, andaming Pinoy designers who are soooo good! We also know they will do their absolute best to give our representatives the best gowns ever. And this year, sa wakas, Pia Wurtzbach wore gowns by Filipino designer albert Andrada.
Look and see the difference:
So when it was down to Pia vs. Ariadna earlier, it was also Andrada vs. Barazza! And we know who won! 🙂
As I’ve said on Facebook, if not for the fact that Miss Philippines won, I’d dwell on the humiliation that Miss Colombia is most probably feeling right now. It’s like she was jilted in the altar after the groom said his wedding vows. Ganern. Many websites say that Steve Harvey’s gaffe was unfair to both girls. I fully agree when it comes to Miss Colombia. I don’t see any silver lining. The joke that she had the shortest reign as Miss Universe is cruel and not a laughing matter.
But for Pia…I can’t say nothing positive came out of it. Sure, Pia didn’t have her “moment” (of kaway-kaway, rampa-rampa as Miss Universe). But I think what made it worse was that it was awkward to blatantly celebrate when your fellow contestant was probably feeling lower than an angleworm’s belly. Pia didn’t have that chance to celebrate her victory. She had to be sensitive, (I saw from Dyan Castillejo’s report that after being flanked by the other candidates to congratulate her, Pia tentatively approached Miss Colombia. The latter seemed to be crying and was being consoled by other candidates) so as not to bask in her victory and flagrantly flaunt it.
But the silver lining is that her victory is one for the books. It will never be forgotten…she will never just be a Miss Universe statistic! It was also sweeter—when she thought it was all over and all hope has left her, her spirits soared to new heights.
Congrats, Pia! Thank you for starting the Philippines’ Book 3 in the most prestigious beauty pageant.
Note: All images courtesy of Google