MANILA – As expected, Gloria Diaz did not mince words as she shared her thoughts about the possibility of the Philippines scoring a back-to-back win in the Miss Universe pageant, which she won in 1969.
During the Governor’s Ball of the Miss Universe pageant held Monday, Diaz was asked by PTV if she believes Maxine Medina can achieve a back-to-back victory for the country and follow in the footsteps of fellow Filipina Pia Wurtzbach.
“No,” she replied. “But I think she has a chance, and chance is one in a million.”
Diaz’s statement has since gone viral online, with Filipino netizens leaving mixed comments on PTV’s social media post.
One Facebook user commended Diaz for giving “the most honest answer that everyone also has at the back of their minds.”
Another netizen noted that being a candidate from the host country lowers her chances of winning the Miss Universe competition. The pageant will be held on January 30 here in Manila.
“Mahirap manalo sa home court,” one comment read.
A number of Facebook users, meanwhile, urged their fellow Filipinos to stay positive and be supportive of Medina as she represents the country in one of the world’s most prestigious beauty pageants.
“We should encourage her, not discourage,” one netizen said.
Diaz has always been known for her candid remarks which, some people believed, helped her win the Miss Universe pageant back in 1969.
During the question and answer portion, Diaz was asked: “In the next day or so, a man will land on the moon. If a man from the moon lands in your hometown, what would you do to entertain them?”
She replied: “Oh, just the same things I do. I think if he has been on the moon for so long, I think when he comes over he wants to change, I guess.”
Back in 2011, Diaz said she considers winning Miss Universe as “99% luck.”