Veering 360 degrees away from my usual stuff is a subject about the recent 2016 Miss Universe Pageant held in Manila —-
Love, comfort and assurance was given by former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach to Maxine Medina right after the coronation of Ms. France Iris Mittenaere as the new Miss Universe. Maxine was the Philippines’ bet to the Miss Universe Pageant held last Monday morning, July 30 at SM Mall of Asia Arena here in our city. She placed 6th among 86 participants from Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Africa and Australia. Medina [same surname as mine!] was sadly subjected to social media bashings from the time she won the Miss Philippines-Universe title because of her English communication skills problem. Despite the bashings and home court pressures, she performed quite well, and graciously in the different competitions. She was stunning in her performances as shown in the short clips below.
Pia, the confidently beautiful woman with a heart who gave moral support and protected Maxine from bashers even before the “Judgement Day,” immediately looked for Maxine after transferring her crown to Miss France. Having lost twice before finally winning the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe title to represent the country in the 2015 Miss Universe competition, she must I assume emphatized with her feelings, especially aware of what Maxine had gone through from the time she won the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe title until the competition day.
Pia’s compassionate gesture touched the hearts of many people, not only her fans. And it is possible that her act must have shamed Maxine’s bashers as well. Such gesture had an impact on Neal Alday, who came up with an equally impactful artwork [see below]. By adding the yellow color encircling the tight hug [representing the sun], and the three stars in the background [representing Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao], our national flag could immediately be perceived. He titled his wonderful interpretation as “Solidarity.” Truly, that sense strongly emanated, as well as the sense of sisterhood, of togetherness in a fight for the country. You could not but rejoice to see such an image in an act that conveys: “You are not alone. You’ve done the best you could for our country so you must be proud.” In fact, she did tell Maxine to keep her head up. Pia said Maxine did not cry then, and was in fact very happy with the experience. Maxine thanked all those who supported her, and just told her critics to Move On!
Steve Harvey, MU host last year who read Ms. Universe-Colombia’s name instead of Pia’s hosted the event again. He was however handed a pair of eyeglasses by Pia before he announced the 2016 Ms. Universe winner. The pageant ended without any ISIS threat disturbances, no traffic halting when their convoy pass, and no expenses spent by the government, the organizers said which I personally doubt. Private entities were suppose to shoulder all the expenses incurred during the pageant period. Nevertheless, kudos to the organizers for the successful event!