Marian Rivera has confirmed that she will serve on the Miss Universe pageant’s selection committee this year. The happy news was shared by the Kapuso actress during an online media conference.
She had previously hinted at this stint online, but it was met with criticism. Netizens questioned her qualifications and ability to serve as a Miss Universe judge. So, when asked about her feelings about these comments, Marian is fully aware of her reservations but only had the most gracious response to her detractors.
In an interview posted on her Facebook page yesterday, Dec. 4, the actress addressed the aforementioned criticisms leveled at her. Netizens questioned her stint as a Miss Universe judge because she allegedly “doesn’t speak English very well.”
“Aaminin ko na hindi naman talaga English ang first language ko kung hindi Filipino at kinuha pa rin nila ako siguro hindi lang dahil doon, kung hindi dahil sa aking body of work bilang isang Filipina,” she said.
“Basta ang masasabi ko lang, hindi naman ako mapagpanggap. I-e-express ko ang sarili ko na naaayon sa nararamdaman ko sa araw na ‘yon,” she added.
According to GMA News, the multi-award-winning actress and entrepreneur “was chosen by the production less than a month ago, and then the choice was forwarded to the Miss Universe Organization, which vetted her before asking her to be part of the selection committee.”
She is getting ready to fly to Israel and is excited to meet the candidates. Marian emphasizes that being a judge is essentially just the word for her task at the competition, rather than being given a vote to determine who becomes the next Miss Universe queen. What matters most to her is being able to appreciate and celebrate all of the women competing.
Rivera added that being part of the Miss Universe selection committee is a good opportunity she would not want to miss.
“Minsan lang ‘to dumating eh, so bakit di ko siya tatanggapin? Para sa ‘kin, isang malaking karangalan ito,” she pointed out.
“Kung tatanungin mo ako kung mahirap para sa akin na iwan ang mga anak ko, of course, mahirap pero naniniwala ako, balang-araw, maiintindihan nila itong sakripisyong gagawin ko,” she further stated.
“Yung salitang “judge” ay description lang siguro yan ng gagawin ko doon pero ang pananaw ko kasi dyan ay nandoon ako para i-appreciate at maging saksi sa kagandahan ng mga babae sa buong mundo at katapangan nila na ibalik ang humanity sa gitna ng radikal na pagbabago na ibinigay ng pandemya,” she further explained.
Rivera isn’t the first Filipino to serve as a Miss Universe judge. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach was recently chosen as a judge in 2017, while Broadway star Lea Salonga served on the Miss Universe 2011 judging panel.
On December 12, the 70th Miss Universe pageant will be held in Israel (Israel time). Beatrice Luigi Gomez, the Philippines’ delegate to the pageant, arrived in Israel on November 28.
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