MANILA - Who's the fairest of them all?
For President Aquino, the country's first bachelor president, picking out the most beautiful woman he has ever seen is hard.
Aquino was asked the question in a forum with Grade 11 students from Miriam College High School.
The President opted not answer, saying he does not want to offend anyone who would not make the cut.
“Pwedeng mag-pass na lang doon sa question na ‘yan? Why I want to pass? The last time I judged a beauty contest was in the late 80s. What happened was syempre ‘di ba beauty contest, eventually there’s a titlist, the winner and then there were 14 others who almost made it. So the one who won, syempre smiles. Everybody in her entourage sobrang tuwa. And everybody who’s a runner up looks at you with menacing eyes and wants to kill you. Sabi ko mahirap yata ‘to a. Merong isang natuwa sa ‘yo, labing apat ang galit sa ‘yo,” he said.
“And now I am very careful when I answer things like that. There might be somebody who’s pleased and there are a lot of others who will get angry and I want to try to get a consensus on everything. So if you don’t mind, can I just pass on that [question]. Mukhang there’s no good answer for that question.”
Aquino admitted having dates from Miriam, formerly known as Maryknoll, when he was still a student from Ateneo High School.
“We had a lot of friends, dati ano e, dates pero Maryknoll pa noon e,” Aquino said, eliciting teasing from the audience.
Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras said the President "was very cool when he was in high school."
"There were many girls across the bridge, if you know what I mean, that had a crush on the President,” he said, referring to a bridgeway that links the Ateneo and Miriam campuses.
“But he was very serious, wala ho siyang pinansin sa mga ‘yun,” Almendras said. Report by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News