Urgent Miss Universe question (plus proof that in the Phl you don’t have to watch the news to get the news)
From juror RickyV: If you were Miss Colombia, what would you do?
We know what we’d do if we were the host: Enter the witness protection program.
Proof that in the Philippines you don’t have to watch the news to know the news.
At 1124hrs we wake up (we slept late because we’re binge-watching Fargo) and check our messages. Our sister said: “Proof that I live in the bakla capital—the collective scream in my neighbourhood as Miss Philippines was declared Miss Universe.”
Then Ricky’s text: “omg you have to watch Miss Universe kahit last 15 minutes. nakalimutan ko ang star wars.”
Then my sister explained what had transpired. Note: She didn’t watch the pageant, either, she just got an update from her Viber group.
Back to Ricky: “I hope you avoid spoilers for this one!”
Too late. But this is even better than a straightforward win because it has so much drama. Telenovela! Oppression (though unintentional) quickly followed by justice!
We remembered to text our congratulations to Jeffrey, who works with Jonas Gaffud at beauty queen training camp. He said: “Both Colombia and the Phils were gunning for their third title. Kung pinagawa na naman ni Stella Marquez kay Barazza, who is Colombian, yung national costume and evening gown natin and Colombia won over the Phils, she’d be massacred.”
Gunning? Natin? And can one person be massacred? But such is the Pinoy obsession with beauty pageants.