Gloria Diaz on why Miss USA won crown

By Shiela Reyes,

Posted at Dec 20 2012 04:25 PM | Updated as of Dec 21 2012 10:48 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz said it does not matter that Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon did not clinch the crown during the Miss Universe 2012 pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Manila).

 1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz

Speaking to radio dzMM, Diaz said what's more important is what she intends to do after the international competition.

“Pana-panahon lang iyan, sabi nga nila. They were all gorgeous, each one. Some like white, some like black, some like brown. Let me tell you once and for all, it doesn't matter whether you win or you lose. It's what you do after,” she said.

Diaz, the first Filipina to bring home the Miss Universe crown, noted that there have been beauty queens who simply quietly faded away after winning, as well as runners up who have capitalized on their exposure.

Asked if she thinks the judges really make a big difference, Diaz said: “No, not really. Because even the judges themselves do not know who they want. Even in the last minute, papalit-palit din 'yan, pabura-bura. You are confronted with 85 women. You don't know eh, kanya kanya ‘yan eh. It's just fate.”

Miss USA vs Miss Philippines

Meanwhile, Diaz shared why she thought Miss USA Olivia Culpo won the competition.

“You can see na we all identify with [her answer]. Sometimes it's not necessarily the smartest or the wittiest. Sometimes, it's the most acceptable,” she said.

During the competition, Miss USA was asked to name one thing she would never do again. "Picking on my siblings growing up," she replied.

Nonetheless, Diaz praised Tugonon's performance during the question and answer portion.

“I just thought she was gorgeous and she gave a very good answer. Sabi ko ito na iyon. That's the way that I felt about Venus (Raj, 2010 Miss Universe fourth runner up), Shamcey (Supsup, 2011 Miss Universe third runner up) and Miriam (Quiambao, 1999 Miss Universe first runner up). Parang there was no other choice,” she said.

Diaz said most Filipinos would definitely have the same reaction whoever would have won the competition other than Miss Philippines.

“We would all felt shortchanged. Basta never mind, she's still a winner to us. We love our beauty queens. First runner up, that's really something. Like I said, what she will do after is the most important,” she said.