Venus Raj Returns
Binibining Pilipinas Maria Venus Raj believes she has brought honor to the nation when she was named 4th runner up in the Miss Universe pageant last Tuesday.
Arriving home before dawn yesterday, Venus said her critics can say anything against her but she knows that she had performed well.
“If it’s your fate to win the crown, you’ll get it,” she said in Filipino.
“What’s important here is that I’ve been included in the top-five list. I cannot undo (my answer). Let’s just move forward.”
Venus said she does not regret anything, and that she would have given the same answer had she been asked the same question today.
“Speaking English has somehow helped me too,” she said.
During the interview portion, Venus was asked what her biggest mistake in life was and how she fixed it.
Her answer: “You know what, sir in my 22 years of existence I can say that there is nothing major major, I mean, problem that I have done in my life. Because I am very confident with my family, with the love that they are giving to me. So, thank you so much that I am here, thank you thank you so much.”
Many believed that had Venus Raj given a more impressive answer, she could have won the Miss Universe crown.
Some suggested that she should have brought an interpreter so she could have spoken freely in a language with which she was comfortable.
Venus was the only Asian to have secured a slot in the top five.
It was the first for the Philippines in 11 years since Miriam Quiambao placed first runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant
Senate honors Venus
The Senate honored yesterday Venus for placing fourth runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Introduced by Sen. Manuel Lapid Jr., Senate Resolution No. 140 was unanimously approved during yesterday’s session.
“This honor brought by our Filipino beauty queen deserves to be commended for the pride and recognition she brought our country,” read the resolution.
“By being crowned fourth runner-up, Maria Venus Raj made our country proud and has shown the world the spirit of Filipino beauty, excellence and grace.”
The Senate recognized Venus for working her way from an impoverished family to become the country’s representative to the prestigious beauty pageant.
The Senate also approved Resolution 32 congratulating and commending Filipino martial artist Eros Vincent Baluyot, 17, for winning the gold medal in the White Belt Adult Division of the 2010 World Brazilian Jiu-jitsu championships held in Long Beach, California last June 3 to 6.
“The Philippine Senate has on several occasions paid tribute to outstanding Filipinos for their astonishing feat of bringing home pride and glory to the country by becoming champions in international sporting competitions,” read the resolution.