Miss Zamboanga Bellatrix Tan has become trending online after her #ElNinoLaNina answer during the Q&A portion of the Miss Philippines Earth coronation night.
During the coronation night, candidates were asked to give their opinion regarding trending topics, which they would randomly pick. Tan picked up the #ElNinoLaNina. However, her answer was not what the audience was expecting. For some, it was unbelievably amusing while for others it was a result of stage fright – but still amusing.
Nonetheless, her video during that moment became trending over the weekend with “La Niña” as one of the most discussed topic.
Miss Zamboanga, on the other hand, defended herself. She said during her DZMM interview that she knows what El Niño and La Niña mean.
“Kasi alam ko po talaga na yung El Niño, drought po, dry (I know El Niño means drought, dry). Sa La Niña naman po, heavy rainfall (La Niña, on the other hand, means heavy rainfall),” she said.
However, it was too late for her when she realized her mistake.
Kasi nung na-realize ko na mali pala 'yung pag-deliver ko, 'yung pag-answer ko, bigla pong nag-react na ako (When I realized that my delivery was wrong, I reacted.). Sinabi ko na nga po dun sa host na alam ko kung ano ang La Nina, heavy rainfall (I told the host that I know what La Niña means). Hindi ko po ma-explain kung bakit ganun po [ang naging pagsagot ko] (I can’t explain why I gave such an answer),” she said.
If given the ability to turn back time and go back to that particular moment in her life, Tan said she would be able to provide a better answer: “El Nino and La Nina are both effects of climate change. If we don’t do our part, we will really experience drought and heavy rainfall. Act now so we can have a better future,” she said.
Meanwhile, Tan also challenged her bashers to join beauty pageants, so they will know the feeling.
“Sobrang hirap po ng Q&A kahit gaano kasimple 'yan (The Q&A portion is really difficult),” she said.