Like the rest of the Filipinos, I’m excited and anxious towards the result of the annual Miss Universe pageant. There must really be something in the waters of the Philippines that makes almost all of the Filipinos become so eccentric and loony about this pageant.
And what is so weird is that we only get so thrilled and so tempestuous only for the Miss Universe title. We are not as crazy and as zany towards the results of other international beauty pageants like Miss World, Miss International, Miss Supranational and other out-of-this-world beauty titles. For us Filipinos, Miss Universe is the ultimate beauty contest. Miss Universe for the Philippines is like the SuperBowl of USA, the FIFA World Cup of Latin Americas or the Eurovision Song Contest of Europe.
But unlike the previous years, my being anxious, excited and prayerful that Miss Philippines makes it to the top 3 spots this year is a little bland, vapid and nondescript. It is because this year’s pageant was held here in the Philippines.
I agree with the opinion of the very opinionated Gloria Diaz, the 1969 Miss Universe. She believes that except for USA (who owns the Miss Universe franchise and where the pageant is usually held), no host country should win the title. I am actually a little glad this year that Miss Philippines just landed in the top 6. At least no nation who joined this year’s contest would accuse the Philippines for holding a rigged pageant.
Filipinos I believe has the same sentiment as that of Ms. Diaz but with the exemption of course for the Philippines as the venue. Since Miss Universe is the most prestigious title that any Filipina would want to have, we Filipinos would want our girl to win the title may it be held in the Philippines or not. But if the candidate of a different host country where the pageant is held wins, then we Filipinos would construe that the pageant was doctored.
Can you just imagine a Miss Universe pageant held in Beijing and the crowned winner is Miss China or Miss Colombia winning the title when the pageant is held in Bogota? Except for the Philippines as the venue, we Filipinos would most probably dub that year’s pageant as the best “cooking” show in the universe “with 3 Michelin stars”!
And because I agree with the opinion of Ms. Diaz. I just hope that this is the last time Philippines hosts the pageant. I am saying this because I want our candidate to win fair and square. We know that it is more pleasing, magnificent and majestic if Filipino brings home an accolade that was gained and bestowed from different country.
And because we are known to be the craziest fanatics of this pageant and we can seriously mock a country for being fraud, cheats and deceitful, no country then would dare host it and have their candidate win. And since all participating countries wants to win, no country then would want to host it. This results to a predicament of the Miss Universe Organization on where to hold the next pageant.
My suggestion? Try holding the contest in a neutral country. A nation that does not participate in the pageant for reasons their country would only know. Countries like Syria, Yemen or Iran could have been great neutral places but due to some folks with their radical Muslim beliefs, holding the pageant in these countries may be life threatening for the ladies and the organizers.
I guess the best venue for Miss Universe then would be the Vatican City. A city state that has diplomatic relations with almost every country in the world, a country that does not have a prison system, and a tiny government run and enriched by some of the most religious people in the universe, Vatican City would be the most neutral, most friendly and most appropriate venue for the next Miss Universe pageant. I would like to believe that a lot of people including Gloria Diaz would agree with me on this.
Kongrats sa nanalo…