MANILA – It’s no secret that Catriona Gray is among the frontrunners in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant.
So when Bb. Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon said she finds her remarks “just a tiny bit scripted,” many pageant fans were outraged.
Gray took the comment in stride and said “okay.” But De Leon drew flak on social media, prompting her to explain that all she did was give constructive criticism.
As netizens continue to criticize De Leon, Gray felt the need to step in, asking her fans to stop the hate.
She stressed that she values De Leon’s opinion about her as this helps her grow as a beauty queen.
“I’ve noticed that a lot of you have taken a comment given to me during the show in a negative way. Firstly, any advice from our queens is valuable to us Binibinis, and I took all of those given to me in a very constructive way! I always have something to learn and improve on, that’s why one of my greatest passions is education,” Gray said in a Facebook post on Monday night.
“Secondly, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and although at times you may not favor it, it doesn’t give a good reason to turn around and try to hurt others through bullying and bashing,” she added. “Be passionate, but be mindful. Let’s cultivate an environment, not just in beauty pageants but in society in general, where we argue like we’re right but listen like we’re wrong.”
“Debate is healthy, bashing is not. Let’s spread love!”