Bb. Pilipinas winner: Should a beauty queen be a good English speaker?
Ruffa Gutierrez reacted to the winner of the Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant for NOT being fluent in English. The lady had a hard time in her Q&A portion but still went on to win the title of Bb. Pilipinas-World, a title previously won by Ruffa herself.
Come to think of it, what is wrong if you only know how to speak your native language and nothing else? Does a beauty queen really have to speak the English language fluently?
Let’s just recall a bit here that Dayanara Torres has an interpreter when she won the Miss Universe title a couple of years ago. She spoke in Spanish the whole pageant.
So do you really need to be fluent in English for you to become a beauty queen? Is it a requirement?
This just shows how colonial mentality is affecting us Filipinos. Fluency in English does not necessarily mean you are speaking sensibly when you open your mouth. I can name a lot of people I met in the call center companies I have been with who speak really good English coupled with the American or British accent but with the brains of a child. English fluency does not translate to an intelligent person, people!
Ruffa is wrong in saying that it is embarrassing for a beauty queen to be unable to speak in English. Says who? There is no need to be self-righteous when it comes to English fluency and grammar. We should all be proud of our language. If a beauty queen cannot speak in straight English, then let her speak in Tagalog and get an interpreter! Other countries do that, why can’t we?
My point is this… why lambast a girl for that? Give the girl a break! At tayo namang mga Pilipino, kung di kinakailangang mag-Ingles o kung talagang di natin kaya, eh di mag-Tagalog na lang! Wag masyadong trying hard! Walang masama sa pagsasalita ng Tagalog.