MANILA, Philippines – Margie Moran-Floirendo, the second Filipina to be crowned Miss Universe in 1973, has admitted that she initially felt “disappointed” and “annoyed” over this year’s Philippine bet Janine Tugonon’s first runner-up finish in the recently-concluded pageant.
“Napakaganda ‘yung answer niya… and she spoke in very good English. And compared to the rest ng candidates, I think she gave the best answer. At alam ko na maraming Pinoy sa Facebook na nag-comment na gano’n din ang feeling,” Margie told “Umagang Kay Ganda” in a live satellite interview aired Friday.
However, the former beauty pageant titlist believes that the audience, as mere spectators watching the pageant on television, “cannot tell talaga kung ano talaga ‘yung nasa isip ng mga judges…”
“It’s different kasi when you watch it live in the theater. And may preliminaries, nag-judge na ‘yung mga judges… So maraming factors. And I agree with [what] Janine [said] na there’s no formula [to winning the Miss Universe crown]; only scientific methods there in the accounting of the scores. But it’s very subjective. So we can’t tell why the judges voted the way they did,” she explained.
Asked if she thought Miss Universe 2012 titlist Olivia Culpo had a “home court advantage” since the pageant, which was aired live in Manila Thursday morning, was held in the USA, Margie said no. For one, “‘yung mga judges naman eh galing sa ibang bansa. They have their own opinion.”
Another factor, as far as her memory serves her, is that an American contender snagging the crown in a pageant held in her own country “hardly happens.”
In parting, Margie offered Janine sound advice based from the former's own experience as beauty queen.
“It’s the first day of Janine’s winning first runner-up. At para sa mga Filipino, parang she already won. We look up to her as an inspiration. Sabi nga niya, a Miss Universe [titlist] should be able to inspire. But she can already inspire even as first runner-up.
“What happens next, what you do with yourself is the most important. Kasi, gaya ko, ang dami ko nang ginawa na trabaho. I’ve done so much for my country as an NGO worker, and yet and nare-remember nila [is] my winning ng Miss Universe – which is good naman. It opened doors for me. But it comes with responsibility.
"To Janine, you should do well. I wish you a very good future.”