MANILA, Philippines — After being named as one of the five judges for the upcoming Miss Universe pageant, Sarangani Representative and eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is reportedly considering the use of an interpreter during the question and answer portion of the prestigious competition.
On the Miss Universe official Facebook page, the organization revealed the names of celebrities who will be judges at the 63rd Miss Universe pageant.
Joining Pacquiao as judges are television host-designer Kristin Cavallari; actor William Levy, reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump and fashion journalist Louise Roe.
(from ABS-CBN News)
“Importanteng makilatis natin ng maayos ang mga contestants,” said Pacquiao. “Ang inaalala ko lang ay baka hindi ko maimungkahi ng maayos ang saloobin ko kapag nagtanong ako gamit ang wikang ingles.“
Pacquiao acknowledged the importance of the interview portion of the competition as compared to the swimsuit and evening gown portion.
“Kahit sino kayang-kaya naman maghusga ng kagandahan ng babaeng naka bikini at gown, pero mangilan-ngilan lang ang kayang mangilatis ng katalinuhan,” he added. “Tanungin nyo pa si Jinky.“
Saying that watching previous contestants perform so graciously during the swimsuit and evening gown portions only to fumble at the Q&A portion, helped him come to his decision to hire an interpreter.
“Mas masakit yung mapahiya ka sa entablado, kesa sa ma-knockout sa boksing,” he quipped. “Mahirap na, mamaya gawan pa tayo ng meme ni Bieber o ni Mayweather.“
Experts, as always, are divided with his decision, with those who disagree saying that Filipinos are generally known to be fluent in English and the use of a translator would definitely diminish the pride brought to our country.
“If a boxer can commit six months training for a fight, I don’t see how he can’t do the same for an upcoming judging stint at a pageant,” said Boxing Analyst and Beauty Pageant Expert Gem Cabreros.
Those who agree has nothing but support for one of the top absentees in the House of Representatives last year.
“Pabayaan na natin kung ano ang gusto nyang gawin,” said Beauty Pageant Analyst and Boxing Expert Randex Daptasan. “Kung gusto nya ng interpreter, GOW! Kung gusto nyang maging basketball player, GOW! Kung gusto nyang maging astronaut, GOW! GOW! GOW! Kung ayaw nyang gampanan ang tunkulin nya bilang mambabatas, GORABELS!“
“Ang importante dito ay yung karangalan na maibibigay nya sa ating bansa habang nandun sya sa Florida,” added Daptasan. “International stage yun noh, sa Batasan local lang!“
CRITERIA FOR JUDGING
Pacquiao added that he will not be taking his judging stint lightly, saying that he will give it his 100% and give it the utmost importance.
“Dapat masusi ang paghusga sa mga binibining kalahok sa patimpalak na yan,” he said. “Hindi lang dahil maganda, sexy at mabango, sya na ang pipiliin mo. Dapat matalino at may ibubuga din.“
“Tignan nyo yung nangyari sa Sarangani.“