MANILA – “I really wanted to have an interpreter.”
Miss Universe 2010 fourth runner-up Venus Raj made this revelation amid discussions about whether Philippine bet Maxine Medina should get an interpreter for the upcoming pageant.
In an interview with GMA-7's “News To Go” on Monday, Raj recalled the time she filled out a Miss Universe form, where she indicated that she wanted to get an interpreter.
“I checked it out, inilagay ko doon, ‘Yes, I need an interpreter,’ because Miss Universe will provide for [an] interpreter,” she said.
But in the end, Raj’s request was not granted, with the Filipina beauty queen explaining that she “had to submit to authorities.”
She noted that Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) first had to approve her application before it could be handed over to the Miss Universe Organization.
“They (BPCI) said, ‘No, you don’t need an interpreter, because the Philippines is actually known as [an] English-speaking [country], so hindi mo kailangan,” Raj said. “Pero kung ako lang talaga, gustung-gusto ko. I really want.”
Looking back, Raj believes she could’ve given a better answer during the Miss Universe 2010 pageant if she was given an interpreter.
“My answer could have been different. I could’ve framed it in a way na, wow,” she said.
“[But] it [did not] happen and everything really happens for a reason.”
When asked if she thinks Medina, the country’s representative to the Miss Universe pageant set on January 30, needs an interpreter, Raj replied: “I think prerogative pa rin ni Maxine ‘yun.”
“Pero she has to submit pa rin talaga to the authority which is Binibining Pilipinas… But with Maxine, she’s okay,” she said.