Here are the thoughts of Binibining Pilipinas 2019 multiracial candidates about pure Filipina or half-breed in pageants
Several multiracial candidates in Binibining Pilipinas 2019 speak up regarding the pure Filipina or half-breed issue in pageants in the Philippines.
This issue was also raised when Catriona Gray won the Miss Universe 2018 crown. As she is half-Australian, people from Australia are claiming her triumph.
Some critics also said that she does not deserve to represent the Philippines because she is a half-breed.
In line with this issue, multiracial candidates in Binibining Pilipinas 2019 shared their thoughts.
April Short representing Zamboanga said, “I really want a pure Filipina to represent the Philippines… The Philippines is really diverse. It makes me really proud being a Filipina. I have nothing against (mixed raced Filipinas), like me, I have the blood of an American. I just want like a pure Filipina to represent the Philippines.”
Negros Occidental’s Vickie Rushton has this view: “It’s fun to have different cultures. For me, I’m half-British and I don’t see anything wrong with that, for as long as your intentions are pure.”
“I think we’re all Pinoys in different ways. I think the term ‘exotic’ can be a little misogynistic because it puts us into this perspective that just because you’re mixed you’re not beautiful enough (or) because you’re half, you have these beautiful features,” candidate from Maguindanao Resham Saeed said.
Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidate from Caraga Dia Nicole Magno said, “Everyone’s unique and it’s up to you to make yourself shine and express yourself more. We’re all Pinoys in any way that we can be. We’re different maybe in looks, but we like the same chicken adobo!”
Samantha Lo of Cebu City has these thoughts: “I think it boils down on how educated you are, how well-rounded you are. There are girls here, God bless them, they are so resilient. There are girls I’ve met, I heard their stories, I was just like ‘God bless you,’ I wanted to be like you when I grow up. So there’s no advantage. It’s just who you are, what you choose to do with the choices you made and with the knowledge you have.”
Miss Daraga, Albay Julia Saubier said, “I don’t think it’s necessarily an advantage or disadvantage. I think it just gives us a different perspective. I grew up in the Philippines, but my dad is French and my mom is a Filipino, so I was always exposed. I’m really open and that makes me curious about the world and I think that this platform and position is really a global position, so the woman who stands there needs to be a spokesperson for our country.”
Meanwhile, Hannah Arnold of Masbate has this view: “The one perspective that we have coming from other countries is that we have seen how developed those countries are and that’s how we like to see it here and that’s what we’re sharing here with the girls with the community that what we like to improve here in the Philippines.”
The Binibining Pilipinas 2019 multiracial candidates expressed their opinions about this issue during an exclusive interview with The Philippine Star.
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