Fresh from her first runner-up finish in the annual meat show called the Miss Universe beauty pageant, Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon returns to a hero’s welcome in Manila just before Christmas eve.
Just imagine the adulation if she actually won the contest. Evidently, her famous “cobra walk” and answer during the interview portion was just short of worthy for the judges.
The near win, the first in 13 years after Miriam Quiambao in 1999, led to some nasty bashing of the winner Miss USA Olivia Culpo. Fashionistas had a field day criticizing the poor girl’s gown. Others had something snarky to say about her height (or lack thereof), finesse (or lack thereof) and mediocre response to the judge’s question.
And as a sad note on the state of journalism in the Philippines, these Twitter posts on Janine’s loss were unbelievably recycled into news. An entire news article consisted entirely of jock tweets, by athletes I’ve never even heard of, and should probably have been kept anonymous. Examples follow:
“Through her off?” “Put Philippines on your back & represented?” Unless it’s a joke, who freaking cares what these retards (even including a suspended basketball player) think? Are they beauty experts and their opinions now qualify as news?
Well, considering that I saw at least three grammatical errors in one article alone written by a journalist (Manila Bulletin, what else), maybe they really ought to just limit their reporting to Twitter posts:
During her arrival press conference in Manila, Janine said that she “left everything to God.” Maybe if she made a pact instead with the devil, or with Miss Universe owner Donald Trump, or as some Trump haters would say “same difference,” she might actually have won.
The governor of Bataan province, where she hails from, will host a ticker tape parade for her. As the racist gov says, “Bataan can very well compete with other races when it comes to beauty, brains, and strength of character.”
We hear you gov. The Bataan race can definitely kick the Manila or Cebu races’ ass anytime.
Philippine boxing idol and occasional congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao rushed to the Philippine Congress to vote no to the controversial Reproductive Health bill, which promotes contraceptive use for family planning.
Front page headline:
“Pacman votes no even if he’s no longer Catholic”
Like the Catholic Mexicans he has been beating to a pulp the past several years, Pacquiao used to wear a rosary and make the sign of the cross during fights. He stopped doing these when he joined a Christian Evangelical group, which are generally supportive of the RH bill. Fans (specially his furious mother Dionisia) blame his religious conversion for his back-to-back losses to Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Meanwhile in the Sports page headline on the same day (no kidding, Philippine Daily Inquirer 12/14/2012):
“Pacquiao to undergo brain analysis”
Eight-division world boxing champion, and current PHL congressman Manny Pacquiao finally lost fair and square to Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao walked into a vicious right by Marquez and fell flat on his face, suffering his first knockout since his fight with Congresswoman Darlene Custodio. He was unconscious for a few minutes while wife Jinkee frantically tried to get near him.
Many blame his busy schedule due to showbiz and political commitments.
Others blame his new-found religiosity and conversion to born-again Christianity.
Or maybe it’s because this loser greeted him in his room just before the fight (talk about “the handshake of death”).
All PHL newspapers and news sources headlined the loss. My favorite headline is by a Yahoo! news writer who might still be in shock by the loss:
“Pacquiao falls. Pinoys in shocked.”
Too bad I wasn’t able to make a screen grab before more level-headed editors found the error.