Mariing tinututulan ng Gabriela party list ang pagtatanghal ng Miss Universe 2016 sa Pilipinas.
Ito ay pagtatakip lamang daw sa tunay na mga problemang kinahaharap ng bansa.
Kaugnay nito, magsasagawa raw ang kanilang grupo ng mga rally sa pre-pageant events ng prestihiyosong beauty pageant.
Ayon kay Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas, “The Miss Universe pageant is an expensive exercise to lull the people and the international audience into a false sense of well-being and celebration.
“Ayaw po natin iyong ginawa na ito ay pinackage ng DOT para tayong lurid tourist destination for cheap and easily exploited women.
“Women will continue to protest this deceptive pageant and push forward the real agenda of peace and justice.”
Sinegundahan naman ni former Miss Philippines Earth titleholder Imelda Schweighart ang pahayag na ito ng Gabriela.
Sa kanyang Facebook post ngayong Huwebes, January 12, sinabi nitong para raw silang mga karne na nakabilad sa araw ng kapwa niya Miss Earth candidates noong nasa kumpetisyon pa sila.
Pakiramdam pa raw niya, para raw silang mga baboy na ibinibenta sa palengke.
Narito ang buong Facebook post ni Imelda:
“Kudos Gabriela! I'm with you. You are right.
"I remember wearing my two piece with the rest of the candidates backstage held here in the Philippines, the recent international pageant I was in.
"We were like meat waiting for our turn to strut our stuff just to surpass the segment.
"I cannot deny the look in these girls faces backstage and the act we have to put out there on stage. It was the time where I realized it the most, when we went out for the audience and it was almost all men in a private setting show while we women felt so darn exploited like pigs being sold in the market.
"I do understand why there's such segment to see the beauty of the woman. But it doesn't feel right anymore...
"People have developed malice and perverseness. Some are using pageants as an opportunity to do prostitution as well.
"It is no longer in my mind a noble act. Only if, you use that platform to declare an important message because the microphone is like a trumpet, its either whatever platform you choose to declare that message so that you wont feel all kinds of losses when you didn't play their dirty game right. Because that is not the purpose you joined.
"It has come, I am over it. And I wouldn't want to encourage young women to join pageants.
"Some has good intentions but the rest of what's happening inside and the delivery of message the unconscious mind performs isn't helping make this earth a better place. It becomes a selection of beautiful women, fake or natural, to be treated as 'materials' just like what Gabriela said."
DOT REACTS. Pero ayon sa Department of Tourism (DOT), ang pagdaraos ng Miss Universe sa Pilipinas ay isang paraan upang maramdaman ng buong mundo ang mga pagbabago sa bansa sa ilalim ng pamahalaan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.
Sa pamamagitan ng Facebook, ibinahagi ni Tourism Undersecretary Kat de Castro ang pahayag ng DOT tungkol sa naging statement ng Gabriela at ni Imelda.
Isang napakagandang oportunidad daw para sa Pilipinas ang makapag-host sa taunang pageant dahil pagpapakita ito ng women empowerment.
Isa rin daw itong magandang tourism tool para sa mga ipinagmamalaki nating tourist attractions.
Pahayag ng DOT, “It is a great honor for the Filipino nation to host the Miss Universe competition, which celebrates the physical beauty, the talent and the humanitarian side of women. It’s a fitting tribute to women’s liberation and empowerment in a male-dominated world.
“The Philippines has produced three Miss Universe titlists, whom the Filipinos will always be proud of and hold high regards for, namely Gloria Diaz (1969), Margie Moran (1973) and reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.
“Contrary to claims that the most prestigious pageant “objectify” women and attempts to hide social ills, it has for 65 years given the opportunity for them to voice out and carry out their respective advocacy on human condition.
“Some insist that the spectacle is designed to gloss over the abject poverty that has gripped the people for decades. But for us, this is an opportunity for the world to see first-hand the genuine change that is taking place all over the country under the Duterte administration.
“In hosting the Miss Universe events in two weeks-time, we are able to showcase Filipino hospitality and our world-class tourist destinations to give boost to an income-generating industry, which benefits millions of Filipinos.#MissUniverse”
Gaganapin ang grand coronation ng 65th Miss Universe sa Mall of Asia Arena sa January 30.