The winning answer of Miss International ... Miss Philippines
Alam na ninyo na nanalo ang Pilipinas sa Miss International! But
what was most memorable about this event was the way she answered a
sarcastic and a seemingly negative question about the Filipinos.
Sana lahat ng mga kababayan natin ganito ang attitude [and sana
equally quick at thinking on their feet -- JMR's comment].
"Mabuhay! Representing the democratic and freedom-loving people of
the Pearl of the Orient, I am PRECIOUS LARA QUIGAMAN, from the
beautiful country of THE PHILIPPINES!"
"What do you say to the people of the world who have typecasted
Filipinas as nannies?"
"I take no offence on being typecasted as a nanny. But I do take
offence that the educated people of the world have somehow
denigrated the true sense and meaning of what a nanny is. Let me
tell you what she is. She is someone who gives more than she
takes. She is someone you trust to look after the very people most
precious to you -- your child, the elderly, yourself. She is
the one who has made a living out of caring for and loving other
people. So to those who have typecasted us as nannies, thank you.
It is a testament to the loving and caring culture of the Filipino
people. And for that, I am forever proud and grateful of my roots
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