- Maxine Medina’s refusal to use an interpreter at the recent Miss Universe beauty pageant was criticized by many Filipinos
- Among them is Philippines’ language commission chief Virgilio Almario
- He said that he was annoyed that Medina wasted the opportunity to let the whole world hear the Filipino language
National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario, the Philippines’ language commission chief, expressed his disappointed over Maxine Medina’s refusal to use an interpreter at the recent Miss Universe beauty pageant.
"Binigyan na nga ng pagkakataong magsalita sa Filipino, nag-English pa rin," Almario told the media, according to Rappler.
(She was given the chance to speak in Filipino but she still used English.)
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"Buwisit na buwisit ako doon eh. Nasayang 'yung pagkakataon, 'yun na sana, kahit di siya nanalo, at least narinig 'yung Filipino sa buong mundo. Hindi pa naririnig eh,” he explained.
(I was very annoyed by that. The opportunity was wasted. Even if she did not win, she could have at least made the whole world hear the Filipino language. It has not been heard yet.)
According to Almario, Filipinos should be more proud of using their own language instead of thinking that the English language is superior.
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