Former Bb. Pilipinas-World Janina San Miguel is not convinced that actress-host Ruffa Gutierrezintentionally turned down the request reportedly made by the pageant organizersfor her to train the controversial beauty queen. Many surmised that Ruffa'salleged refusal to coach Janina perhaps had something to do with the latter's"laughing stock" image following her blunder during the question and answerportion of the Binibining Pilipinas 2008 pageant held last March 9 at the AranetaColiseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
Janina told PEP(Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a recent interview: "Baka po talagang busylang siya [Ruffa] at saka hindi naman siya basta-bastang tao, di ba? Pero nungna-meet ko siya personally, okay naman siya, nagpa-picture pa nga kami, e."
The meeting wasdescribed by Janina as cordial and she even praised Ruffa's personality. "Diba, sa TV masyado siyang prangka, madaldal siya? Pero sa personal, parangtahimik, mahinhin, which is a true quality ng isang beauty queen," Janinaadded.
Ruffa, who is in the cast RegalEntertainment's 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival entry, Desperadas 2, held the honor of representing the country in the MissWorld pageant, where she eventually clinched Second Princess title in 1993.
RELINQUISHINGTHE CROWN. Janina made headlines last Septemberafter she announced her decision to relinquish the title, citing the suddendeath of her grandfather as the main reason. Her decision to quit paved the wayfor 1st runner-up Danielle Castaño to assume the vacated spot andcompete for the Ms. World pageant staged in Johannesburg, South Africa lastDecember 13. Danielle failed to make it even in the semifinals.
The embattled beautyqueen defended herself against critics who still can't seem to get enough ofher past blunder. Skeptics continue to question the judges' decision to letJanina win by highlighting her seeming lack of command when it comes to theEnglish language.
"E, bakit po kailanganng English? E, dapat nga Tagalog, e. At saka para sa isang national pageantkaya nga Binibining Pilipinas, di ba, Tagalog naman ‘yon? Hindi naman English,hindi naman Miss Philippines,di ba? So kailangan talaga mag-Tagalog sila, hindi pepuwersahin ‘yong tao naEnglish ‘yong tanong nila. Dapat Tagalog na rin lahat," she argued.
Janina admits thatshe's still offended by all the criticisms. But she also expressed pride andamusement with all the attention she's getting and continues to earn, monthsafter the pageant.
"Okay lang ‘yon, e, atleast pinag-uusapan ako hanggang ngayon kahit hindi ako lumalabas sa mga media,pinag-uusapan pa rin ako."
Entering show business, according to Janina, is not one of her plans. She would rather pursue a modelingcareer than act in front of the camera, at least for now.
"Huwag na po sila umasana mag-aartista ako kasi last option ko na po ‘yon. Kahit ang daming nag-o-fffer,ayoko po, ayoko talaga," said Janina.
"Ngayon, mag-i-international model nalang po ako, ‘tsaka mga commercials, okay po ako dun. Pero sa showbiz ayoko potalaga, kasi alam ko na po ‘yong kalakaran. Alam n'yo naman po ang showbiz,maraming plastik."