Maxine Medina's mentor dismayed by online bashing of her English skills

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Mark Arthur Payumo Abalos on training Maxine Medina: "Maxine has improved a lot. She is hardworking and she's doing her best to become a better version of herself. Please stop comparing her communication skills to previous representatives and candidates."


Umalma ang isa sa mga mentor ng Philippine bet sa Miss Universe 2016 na si Maxine Medina sa pamba-bash na natatanggap ng Pinay beauty queen mula sa social media.

Nitong Martes, January 10, sa kanyang send-off party na ginanap sa Novotel Hotel, Cubao, Quezon City, buong tapang na sinagot ni Maxine ang mga tanong ng press sa salitang English.

Ngunit ilang netizens na nakapanood sa interview ay tila hindi napabilib sa mga sagot ng Miss Universe candidate.

Miss Universe PH 2016 @maxine_medina's send-off party

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Kaugnay nito, nagpahayag ng pagkadismaya ang mentor ni Maxine na si Mark Arthur Payumo Abalos sa pamamagitan ng Facebook post niya ngayong araw, January 12.

Si Abalos ay English Language training specialist mula sa John Robert Powers.

Aniya, hindi biro ang naging training ni Maxine sa loob ng pitong buwan simula nang manalo ito sa Binibining Pilipinas 2016 noong April.

Pahayag ni Abalos, "I am writing this post to finally break my silence as one of Maxine's mentors.

"When I learned that I'm going to work closely with Miss Universe - Philippines, I knew that there will be setbacks along the way.

"For seven months, we had to meet and spend time together to get things done. We had to work on her personal growth and communication skills simultaneously.

"I feel bad because of the online bashing that is happening at the moment.

"It is not something new to me but just to give you a different perspective on the matter, my research (Abalos, 2012) on attitudes of Filipino English language learners show that the interpersonal, sociolinguistic, and sociocultural contexts have to do with how individuals communicate.

"Situations may be viewed negatively by people who are not completely aware of the process of acquiring and learning a second language in formal and informal learning environments. Larsen-Freeman, Tananuraksakul, and Roh have written on particular aspects of this area of study. You may want to read first before you comment."

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Malaki raw ang improvement ni Maxine mula nang nag-training ito sa kanila. 

Dagdag pa niya, "She is hardworking and she's doing her best to become a better version of herself.

"Please stop comparing her communication skills to previous representatives and candidates."

Normal din daw na magkaroon ng grammatical errors dahil maging ang native English speakers ay nagkakamali rin.

Saad ni Abalos, "We are second language speakers of English. Errors are normal.

"Even first-language speakers of English commit mistakes, too.

"At the end of the day, it's just a beauty contest.

"Maxine will still be beautiful. She'll still be designing interiors. She has a beautiful life ahead.

"How about you?"

Naniniwala rin si Abalos na malaki ang tiyansa ni Maxine na maiuwi ang korona.

"For those who keep on sending me messages of "concern" and "support", I never doubted Maxine's capabilities. As a language and communication practitioner, it is an honor to be given this responsibility. I know that she has what it takes to represent our country."

Sa huli, hinikayat ni Abalos na suportahan ng ating mga kababayan si Maxine sa Miss Universe 2016.

"I am very lucky to have trained one of the most beautiful persons that I've known in this lifetime. In this world full of critics, can we just be supporters instead?

"Maxine's pageant activities started today at 10 AM with an interview shoot from the Miss Universe team. Show your love by using the #4M4MU when you post pictures and messages of support online.

"Maraming salamat po. Para sa bayan."


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