Very busy ang staff ng Manila Peninsula Hotel ngayong araw, August 17, dahil sa dalawang magkasunod na press conferences at isang party na naganap sa kanilang lugar.
Kaninang tanghali sa Salon de Ning ay ni-launch ng Häagen-Dazs ang kanilang kauna-unahang brand ambassadors sa Asya na sina Phil Younghusband at Georgina Wilson
Kasunod nito, bandang 5:30 ng hapon, ay naganap naman ang isa pang press conference sa Conservatory Room ng hotel.
Para naman ito sa Hollywood celebrity na si Paris Hilton na dumating sa bansa kamakailan para sa isang endorsement.
GEORGINA’S TWEET. Naipit ang pangalan ni Georgina sa isang kontrobersiya sa loob ng social networking site na Twitter dahil kay Paris.
Noong August 14, araw ng pagdating ni Paris sa bansa, ay napabalitang magku-courtesy call diumano ang hotel heiress sa Malacañang palace.
Nag-react sa balitang ito si Georgina at sinabi through a Twitter post, "why is PNOY taking time out of his ’busy’ schedule to meet with Paris Hilton tomorrow. So shameful that he doesn’t have better things to do."
Sinagot naman siya ng ilang fans ni Paris Hilton na tila na-offend sa sinabi niya patungkol sa kanilang idolo.
Muli namang nag-tweet si Georgina at sinabing, "I dnt mean to offend anyone or be negative I jst think that Paris Hilton isnt important enough for a president to meet up with.night guys :)" (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
Kaya kanina sa naunang press conference ay tinanong si Georgina ukol dito at ito ang kanyang naging pahayag:
"I just really felt strongly about the issue so I felt that I had to say something.
"It’s not that I’m pro- or anti-Paris, I’m also not pro o anti our president...
"You know, I have an opinion and I respect everybody’s opinion—everybody that would say negative and positive things.
"There are a lot agreeing and a lot disagreeing, and I think they took it in a way that I’m insulting Paris or the president, but it really wasn’t about that.
"It’s about voicing out my opinion and it’s just because I’m concerned.
"I respect everybody’s opinion and I also hope that they respect mine and it’s more of that I’m critical of what our country should and shouldn’t do.
"It’s not a personal thing.
"It has nothing to do with me not liking Paris or not. I mean, I’m happy that she loves the Philippines and I think she’s very supportive with Manny Pacquiao and all of that.
"But I also don’t think that it’s necessary for the president to meet her because she’s here on a commercial endeavor.
"If she’s here for, you know, to help with humanitarian causes and all of that stuff, then sure, go meet with her. But that’s just my opinion."
NOT AN IMPORTANT PERSON. Tinanong din si Georgina kung bakit sa tingin niya ay hindi "important person" si Paris samantalang negosyante din ito, at ang Pangulo naman ay maya’t maya ring nakikipag-meeting at nakikipagkilala sa mga posibleng foreign investors.
Paliwanag naman ni Georgina, "It’s more like she was brought here by a company. If she was visiting like a state visit, then fine. And I’m sure a lot of people will disagree.
"Paris has lots of avid fans and I enjoy watching her shows, too. I like her. But I just don’t think that it’s necessary for him to meet with her.
"I mean I would’ve liked to see that with Bruno Mars because he’s Filipino and he brings a lot of fame to the country and he makes us very proud.
"But, you know, it’s just my opinion. I could be right, could be wrong."
Muling nilinaw ni Georgina na wala siyang anumang galit o sama ng loob kay Paris kaya niya nai-tweet ang mga iyon.
Hindi man daw siya fan, hindi rin naman daw siya hater ni Paris.
"You know, the thing is that’s taking it out of the context. It’s not that I don’t like her.
"I mean, if I were invited to her events then I definitely would go," sabi pa niya nang tanungin kung dadalo ba siya sa private party ni Paris na ginaganap din ngayong gabi sa naturang hotel.
Kung sakaling magkaroon siya ng pagkakataon na ma-meet si Paris, haharapin ba niya ito?
"Of course. Oh, for sure I would like to meet her.
"We have the same shoe size," nakangiti niyang sabi, patunay lang na para sa kanya walang personalan ang nangyari sa Twitter.
"I think what we can take from this is it’s important for my generation to have an opinion, to voice out your opinion.
"And what is Twitter for if not for voicing out your opinion?"
LESSON LEARNED. Ano naman ang natutunan niya out of her experience na nagkaroon siya ng ilang bashers sa social networks?
"If anything, it made me more sure that I should voice opinions when I feel it’s necessary and that people on Twitter should let people voice opinions.
"I want my generation to be critical of the government, of social issues. I want people to care.
"And if they don’t use Twitter as a platform to voice their opinions then what is Twitter for?" saad niya.
Ano naman ang masasabi niya sa mga taong nagparating ng mga negatibong mensahe sa kanya?
"I’m happy if they have a reaction—an opinion—whether it be positive or negative.
"But if it’s negative, then, I shared my opinion and I hope they’re okay with that," sagot ni Georgina.