Bellatrix Tan who represented Zamboanga City in the 2016 Miss Philippines Earth pageant has admitted that she was hurt after being bashed for her controversial answer during the pageant’s question and answer portion but that won’t stop her from fulfilling her dream of becoming a beauty queen.
“Alam ko ‘to. Alam ko ang El Niño at saka La Niña. Pero nung lumalabas na siya sa bunganga ko, yung parang nung end na, dun na nga. Like sumigaw na yung mga crowd, siyempre po na-down ako. Tapos kasi nga po narinig ko yung mga tao, like tumatawa, ganoon. Kasi po baka dahil lang dun sa sinabi ko, baka isipin nila na yun na nga, na stupid ako and everything,” said Tan in an interview with ABS-CBN news program “Bandila”.
(I know. I know what El Nino and La Nina is but when it came out of my mouth, during the end, that’s it. The crowd was already shouting and I felt ‘down’. Cause I heard the audience, and they were laughing. Just because of what I said, they might think that I am stupid and everything.).
During the Q and A, Tan was asked to comment about the hashtag #ElNinoLaNina and she gave a confusing answer “El Niño is what we are experiencing now. If we do simple things like planting trees then we will not be experiencing drought, right? So if we start now, we will achieve La Niña.”
The video which drew flak from netizens became viral. As of June 15, the video has garnered more than three million views.
Miss Philippines-Earth Imelda Schweighart defended Tan and said that her co-candidate was “pressured” during the pageant.
Tan said that despite the gaffe she would one day prove that she is worthy of a crown.
“Hindi po ako yung magso-stop dahil lang po sa mga bashers na sinasabi nilang wala akong utak and everything. Yung puro lang po ako ganda. Hindi po. Papakita ko sa kanila, someday po, babalik at babalik po ako sa beauty pageant,” said Tan in the “Bandila” interview.
(I won’t stop just because of bashers who said that I have no brains and everything, and that I am all beauty. No. I will show them someday, I will be back at the beauty pageant.).
Netizens who saw the YouTube video rallied behind Tan and gave her moral support. Here were some of their comments:
Kinabahan lang yan si ate, na mental block.. Bawi ka sunod wag lang sya makinig sa mga negatives,..
ok lang yan lahat naman nag kakamali.may susunod pa naman
Hayaan mo lang yung mga basher.