One of the five finalists, she was quizzed by judge Billy Baldwin, who asked her : What was the one big mistake that you did in your life? And what did you do to make it right?
Her answer was pretty much a non-answer: “In my 22 years of existence there is nothing major major problem I’ve done because I’m confident in myself and my family. Thank you for being here…. …Thank you , Thank you very much..”
First of all, all five finalists are deserving winners since they are all beautiful. Based on physical beauty alone, Miss Mexico was the right choice for Miss Universe. But if the judging were just based on the best answer (that is, depending on whose opinion it is), Miss Jamaica had the best answer, followed by Ukraine and Australia, who I thought gave marvelous answers as well. Miss Mexico’s answer was mediocre.
Miss Philippines answer, however, was not something believable if you were not raised under similar circumstances she was in. Unlike in the US, where at 18, you are sent on your own, and thus prone to make big mistakes, Miss Philippines was raised and nourished by a single mom in a dirt poor atmosphere, in order for her to finish a college degree with honors and to make it to the US and represent her country in this pageant. With her mother’s proper guidance, what big mistake could you have done at age 22?
Is it a great achievement for this young woman to give back and support her poor mother to improve their livelihood, at such a young age. How many of the young people in the West could say that? She has accomplished so much in her young life, despite all the odds, with the self-confidence she has acquired from her upbringing, thus there would seem no big mistakes (at least no “major” one) that she could identify. That, I believe was an honest answer. Venus should keep her head high since she was telling what she knows was the truth, not what the modern media would have liked her to answer.
One thing she should be proud of is her natural beauty — did not have the money to have braces while she was growing up to straighten her teeth, but she still gave us that bright smile; could not afford to have any plastic surgery,(no nose job, no boob job, no butt job) thus giving us that exotic looking face (from a Filipino mother and Indian father), which is the “FACE OF THE UNIVERSE” coming from a country called “the melting pot of races”; a perfectly tan skin and body, which most pale Americans, Europeans, and Latinas spend money to have.
You made it to the top five, which is super accomplishment for you. Even that, could not qualify for a major mistake in your young life!”
MISS PHILIPPINES – VENUS RAJ GAVE AN HONEST ANSWER AND IT COSTS HER THE CROWN
Let me enlighten you as to why?
Venus Raj lives a simple and poor life. She lives in a province, sort of your rural America or the boonies. The house she lives in is a simple thatched-roof hut made of bamboo and wood, located in the middle of the rice paddies. Her immediate support are her family, friends, and relatives. She was born illegitimate. In the Philippine society, it is still a stigma. She strives to do her best to study hard and succeed in life. She graduated *** Laude in Communication Arts and managed to find a job as Information Assistant in a governmental agency in her province. While doing that, she helps her mother, a farmer, buys land on installment basis. Her goal is to help her mother and family improve the quality of their lives and lift from the life of poverty.
Going back to the question posed by Mr. Baldwin, ?what is the one big mistake that you did in your life, and what did you do to make it right??
When Venus answered, ?In my 22 years of existence, there is nothing major – major problem that I have done in my life. Because I?m very confident about my family and the love they are giving me. So thank you so much??
IF YOU ANALYZE HER ANSWER, SHE IS TELLING THE AUDIENCE THE TRUTH!
In her 22 years of life, she did not commit a ONE BIG MISTAKE WORTH UNDOING OR REPENTING! SHE THANKS HER FAMILY BECAUSE THEY ARE HER GUIDE AND SUPPORT.
Let?s see?where could she make a big mistake?
DID SHE SLEEP AROUND AND CATCH HIV/STD DISEASES? – No, she did not. Remember, she lives in a rural area in a conservative Catholic society, acting whorish is a big NO NO!
DID SHE GET PREGNANT AND HAVE AN ABORTION? ? NO, she did not. She is one wholesome girl. Her family watched, protected, and nurtured her. She can?t escape the watchful eyes of her 4 brothers. Suitors will have a hard time to be near her. If there is going to be one, he will be talking to the whole family instead of talking privately with her. That?s the way life in rural Philippines. Everybody knows everybody, and everybody knows what everybody is doing.
DID SHE SMOKE OR DID DRUGS? ? NO, she did not. She came from a poor family. She has no means of buying it. These bad habits are only enjoyed by the wretched people, who are typically shunned by Philippine conservative society.
DID SHE FAIL IN SCHOOL? ? No, she did not. She excelled in school. Graduated *** Laude.
DID SHE COVET A MARRIED MAN? ? No, she did not. She doesn?t have a boyfriend at the present time.
IS SHE A BAD DAUGHTER? ? No, she is not. In fact, she helps her mother and family improve their lives.
OVERALL, VENUS IS A WHOLESOME, GOOD GIRL, WHO GREW UP IN A RURAL CONSERVATIVE SOCIETY, PROTECTED, NURTURED, AND WATCHED BY HER LOVE ONES AND DID NOT EXPERIENCE BIG MISTAKES IN LIFE. SHE LEAD A CAREFUL AND NORMAL LIFE THAT IS TOTALLY OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU EXPECT OF A LIFE OF A YOUNG LADY IN THE MODERN WESTERN SOCIETY.
SHE WAS JUDGED BY A PANEL OF MODERN SOCIETY JUDGES AND AUDIENCES WHO CAN?T BELIEVE WHAT THEY WERE HEARING. TRUTH IS INDEED STRANGER THAT FICTION. BUT JUDGES SHOULD ALSO LOOK AT FACTS AND TRUTHS, NOT SOME GENERALIZED OPINION THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO THE POLITICALLY CORRECT. VENUS ANSWER WAS FACTUAL AND BRAVE, AND SHE SHOULDN?T BE LAMBASTED FOR TELLING THE TRUTH, AND IT SHOULDN?T COST HER THE CROWN.
VENUS BEING COMING FROM A POOR EXISTENCE AND MAKING IT INTO THE WORLD SHOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR PEOPLE LIVING AND BORN INTO POVERTY, WHICH APTLY APPLIES TO THE 70% OF THE WORLD POPULATION, AND FOR THOSE BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK. SHE CAN BE A GREAT MESSENGER TO THE WORLD THAT:
1. THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF BEING BORN OF OUT WEDLOCK. IT IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. LIFE OFFERS REDEMPTION AND MANY POSSIBILITIES.
2. BEING POOR IS NOT A HINDRANCE TO SUCCEED IN LIFE.
3. STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND OF FINISHING COLLEGE.
4. HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF MORAL CHARACTER AND A GIRL?S WHOLESOME IMAGE
5. FAITH OF A CREATOR WITH UNLIMITED GIFTS TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE ~NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD. HE CAN USE A MESSENGER FROM THE LOWLY AND POOR AND EXALT HER TO NEW HEIGHTS. SHE CAN BE A LIVING TESTAMENT OF GOD?S GRACE AND POWER THAT HE CAN DO ANYTHING AND CAN CHANGE LIVES.
6. GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR YOUNG GIRLS ~BE VIRTUOUS~BE HONEST ~HONOR THE PARENTS~EXCEL IN SCHOOL~HELPS FAMILY, ETC.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND A RARE AND SPECIAL GIRL LIKE VENUS RAJ?
MR. TRUMP AND THE PANEL OF JUDGES FAILED TO DO THEIR DUE DILIGENCE. THEY FAILED TO DO THEIR JOB AND IN FAILING TO DO THEIR JOB, THEY MISSED THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY FOR A GREAT MESSENGER TO THE WORLD, WHO IS CONVINCINGLY BELIEVABLE TO THE WORLD, BECAUSE SHE IS A LIVING AND BREATHING PROOF OF A POOR GIRL BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK, OVERCOMING HARDSHIPS, OBSTACLES, AND CHALLENGES IN LIFE. JUST LOOK AT HER LIFE ? AND HOW FAR SHE GOES.