Maxine Medina is in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as she represents the Philippines in Miss Universe 2016. Representing a country that is now considered as a “Beauty Pageant Powerhouse” surely comes with a certain level of pressure. However, Maxine is a no ordinary Miss Universe candidate.
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She is being compared to 6 exemplary Filipina queens who, year after year, placed as a semifinalist/finalist in the biggest and most prestigious international beauty pageant. She is being compared to the most recent Filipina queen who, with sheer hard work, brought home the Miss Universe crown. She is being scrutinized as if she is under a microscope – from the way she speaks her thoughts to how she moves. She needs to impress not only the Miss Universe judges and the Miss Universe Organization but also the entire Filipino nation, as the pageant is staged right in front of our very eyes! That is too much pressure if you’ll ask me and if this is not a genuine test of one’s character, I don’t know what is. And if this will not convince you of Maxine’s strength, I am sure that nothing will ever be.
I have been asked countless times on my opinion about Maxine’s ability to express herself using English. Filipino “netizens” were quick to crucify Maxine when her sentence construction was not on point during the Q&A portion of her send off. I was not surprised on how these “netizens” reacted as I have seen and heard the same reaction in the past. Let this be my reply to the Filipino fans who continue to bash Maxine because of her communication skills
- This is a Beauty Pageant! Everyone should remember that. Beauty encompasses a lot of things – physical beauty (face and physique), inner beauty (strength of character, attitude and confidence) and brains (comprehension and ability to think on her feet). There is more to Miss Universe than just Q&A.
- The format of the competition encourages the ladies to excel in everything. Ladies need to have a healthy physique and confidence on stage to excel in the swimsuit round. Elegance and grace is required in the evening gown round. Ability to comprehend and sincerity are two things that judges will look for during the Final Question. Do not fret, you need to pass the swimsuit and evening gown hurdle first before getting a chance to answer that final question.
- The Question & Answer portion is an important part of the competition but judges are not focusing on the candidate’s sentence construction. They will look for sincerity, ability to organize her thoughts (despite the time constraint) and how she is informed on issues that affect the world. Maxine doesn’t need a perfect English sentence construction to win the Final Round because if it is really the basis then Shamcey Supsup (Philippines, Miss Universe 2011) and Kaci Fennell (Jamaica, Miss Universe 2014) should have placed higher.
- Maxine is not perfect but I am 100% sure that she prepared for this as if her life depends on it.
- Maxine is a product of Aces & Queens and this is the camp that gave us Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Young and Kylie Verzosa. I am sure that A&Q was with Maxine every step of the way, ensuring that she prepares well for this battle. Ara Arida and Venus Raj received the same reaction because of their communication skills but they ended up with titles. So again, do not fret!
- Lastly, I’d love to see Maxine win the 4th Miss Universe crown BUT any placement for me is already an achievement.
If you continue to bash Maxine after this, I challenge you to join Binibining Pilipinas 2017 and show us how things should be done!
To Maxine, enjoy the remaining days of the competition. Relax, majority of Filipino pageant fans are behind you on this. You are already making us proud! Mabuhay ka Maxine!!!