After being criticized for her poor English skills, Maxine Medina now open to have an interpreter

    MANILA, Philippines - Maxine Medina, the country’s bet to the 65th Miss Universe pageant, is willing to do everything in order to achieve a back-to-back victory for the Philippines. During an interview with ABS-CBN News on Wednesday, January 18, Medina revealed she is open to have a translator for the competition’s question and answer portion after being criticized for her supposed poor communication and English skills.

    Maxine Medina now open to have an interpreter
    Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina. Photo Credit: Instagram/maxine_medina

    "I'm here to win. Kung kailangan ko ng translator, kukuha ako," Medina told ABS-CBN News.

    Medina will be the first Filipina Miss Universe candidate to use a translator if the plan will push through.

    Earlier, the Filipina interior designer and fashion model was urged by netizens to answer in Filipino language during the pageant’s question and answer portion. Netizens pointed out that Medina lacked fluency in the English language after videos of her speaking in a media conference circulated on social media.

    A photo posted by Maria Mika Maxine Medina (@maxine_medina) on

    Gloria Diaz, the country’s first Miss Universe, also advised Medina to get an interpreter as using our language will not “make her less of a beauty queen.”

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    “This is the first time I will meet Maxine and the first thing I will tell her is to get an interpreter if she feels that she can better express her thoughts using our vernacular language,” Diaz told PTV on Tuesday, January 17.

    “She is a Filipina and I don’t think it will make her less of a beauty queen if she will decide to use our language on the grand coronation,” Diaz added.

    Former Miss Universe candidates admit requesting for interpreters

    Previous candidates to the Miss Universe pageant Venus Raj and Ariella Arida admitted requesting for an interpreter. However, both beauty queens’ requests were not granted.

    Raj, who finished fourth runner up in 2010 said she was told by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) that she doesn’t need an interpreter.

    ‘No, you don’t need an interpreter, because the Philippines is actually known as [an] English-speaking [country], so hindi mo kailangan,” Raj said.

    “Pero kung ako lang talaga, gustung-gusto ko. I really want,” Raj revealed.

    Miss Universe 2013 third runner-up Arida, who was also bashed by netizens for her communication skills, said it was not her choice to make on whether she should speak in Filipino during the pageant.

    "Sana there will be a time na makapagsalita tayo sa sariling wika natin. Tapos lahat ng tao sa buong mundo—buong universe—naririnig nila 'yong native language," Arida said.

    --Mini, The Summit Express
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