Following the loss of Maxine Medina in the recently concluded 65th Miss Universe, some of the judges took time to take note why the Philippines' bet didn't make it to the top 3.
While many of Medina's mentors and judges agreed that she was "one of the prettiest" contestants the Philippines has ever sent to the Miss Universe, she fell short on some things.
Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes, one of the judges, said: "She's beautiful and she was very classy also, but even though she had the crowd supporting her, I think she was lacking something,"
"I don't know what but there was something missing,"Lopes added.
Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran thinks that she "lacked confidence in answering and also understanding the question that was asked."
Medina was chosen to be the first to answer in the question and answer portion and got the question: "What is the most significant change you've seen in the world in the last 10 years?"
Medina answered: "In the last 10 years of being here in the world, I saw all the people bringing in one event like this in Miss Universe. It’s something big to us that we are one. As one nation, we are all together. Thank you. Maraming salamat po."
"You could see that she was scared. You could feel it," said Moran.
On the other hand, Jonas Gaffud, the pageant trainer who worked with Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Maxine Medina, shared that the home court advantage wasn't an advantage at all.
"Ang sabi ni Maxine sa akin after, kung hindi lang sa Pilipinas (nangyari ang Miss Universe), mas kaya niya sigurong lumaban. Nahirapan talaga siya sa pressure,"Gaffud stated.
"Ang usapan namin, kung may interpreter, kung ano mafi-feel mo, kung paano mo sagutin 'yung tanong, kung paano mo iintindihin, kung Tagalog man siya or English, yun ang pagkakaintindi mo dun ka sumagot," Gaffud added.
"Siguro hindi niya masyadong na-internalize 'yung tanong but at least hindi mali 'yung kanyang sagot,"
But Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz, who criticized Medina before the pageant, defended her, saying that she shouldn't be bashed with the answer she gave.
"The question was very difficult. I thought to myself, what would I have said? Until now I cannot think (of an answer)," Diaz stated.
"Like I've always said, winning Miss Universe doesn't make you the most beautiful. It doesn't mean you're the smartest. It just means you're the luckiest," Diaz added.
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