September 1, 2010

Gloria Diaz: Now A "Persona Non Grata" in Cebu


Cebu has issued a resolution declaring 1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz "persona non grata" in the province. According to an online report, the group issued the resolution after the former beauty queen belittled the Cebuanos' ability to speak English.

After Miss Universe 4th runner up Venus Raj's "major-major" response to the pageant's question and answer portion, Gloria Diaz had proposed to get interpreters for future Filipino beauty queens competing in international pageants. According to her, this would allow them to answer questions in whatever language they want to say it in.

But Cebuanos felt insulted when she mentioned that the people from Cebu can hardly speak English or Tagalog. During an interview, Diaz had clarified that she never said that Cebuanos cannot speak English..

“Let me clarify it once and for all. People should have the right to say or to answer [questions] in whatever language they want to say it in. If they're Cebuanos, they can say it in Cebuano. I did not say that they did not speak English,” Diaz fired back.
“If you're Ilocano, say it in Ilocano. But if you're Ilocano who speaks good English, say it in English. If you're Cebuano who can speak Spanish, if you're comfortable with Spanish, say it in Spanish. That's what I said and that's what I meant,” she added.



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