Maituturing pa rin daw na panalo ang Pilipinas kahit hindi nakamit ni Maxine Medina ang korona sa 65th Miss Universe pageant.
Ayon sa main sponsor ng 65th Miss Universe na si Luis “Chavit” Singson, president at chairman ng LCS Group of Companies, maganda ang naipakita ng Pilipinas, hindi lamang sa Miss Universe candidates kundi sa buong mundo.
“Yes, talagang panalo tayo doon dahil naipakita natin ang mga magagandang tao, magagandang lugar, at saka ugali.
“For example, full support ang taong-bayan kay Maxine.
“Tapos, noong natalo siya, na-discourage sila, pero nag-cheer pa rin sila sa mga nanalo.
"Hindi sila yung natalo na, e, ayaw na nila.
“Nakita nila yung sportsmanship nating mga Pilipino, magandang ugali,” pahayag ng dating Ilocos Sur governor at ngayo'y konsehal ng Narvacan, sa panayam ng News To Go ng GMA News kaninang umaga, February 1.
GOOD FOR BUSINESS. Aminado si Chavit Singson na hindi niya nabawi ang $15 million na ginastos niya para sa pagdaraos ng Miss Universe dito sa Pilipinas.
Gayunman, sabi niya, “I consider hindi natalo, parang investment lang.
“For example, yung LCS Group of Companies, marami kaming kumpanya, madali naming mabawi 'yan basta dumami ang turista.
“Talo lang kami kung wala nang turista.”
Diin pa niya, “From the very beginning, hindi namin iniisip na kumita, e.”
Tinanong din si Chavit kung masusundan pa ang paghu-host ng Pilipinas sa Miss Universe.
Sagot ng dating Ilocos Sur governor, “Hindi ko alam. Pero, if ever, we're still willing to support.”
MISS U CANDIDATES ENJOY PHL STAY. Kapansin-pansin naman sa Instagram posts ng mga kandidata sa 65th Miss Universe na natuwa sila sa kanilang ilang linggong pananatili sa Pilipinas.
Sa Instagram post ni Miss Netherlands Zoey Ivory, na nakilala dahil sa kanyang “Single Ladies” viral dance video, lubos ang pasasalamat niya sa ipinakitang kabutihan sa kanya ng mga Pilipino.
Sabi ni Miss Netherlands sa isa niyang post: “My time in the #Philippines was indescribable and I will find it hard to leave you all!”
Thanks everyone for all the sweet messages and love I'm still getting! The girl with the natural curls and tattoos who does crazy dances to "Single Ladies" unfortunately didn't make it to the #Top13 of #MissUniverse. But I'll make the top of something else that comes on my path ? This was not my destiny, but an experience I can add to my journey! My time in the #Philippines was indescribable and I will find it hard to leave you all! ? I didn't win the crown, but I hope that I've won your hearts ? Thanks everyone, keep loving yourself AND SEE YOU AT THE AFTERPARTYYYY ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? #alllllthesingleladiessss #LETSDANCE #YOUBETTERBETHERE!!! ???????? ???????? #zoeyivory #missnetherlands #missuniverse #missuniversenetherlands #itsmorefuninthephilippines
Kasunod nito ay nag-post din siya ng isang video na kuha naman mula sa airport nang paalis na siya ng Pilipinas.
Sabi ni Zoey sa caption: “Thanks for the warm goodbye. Unfortunately I have to leave, but I'll come back soon.
"It was a great experience like I've said many times before! Thanks for everything, I have never seen such kind people like the Filipinos before."
Nilagyan pa niya ito ng mga hashtag na "#missnetherlands #missuniverse #zoeyivory #itsmorefuninthephilippines"
Thanks for the warm goodbye ???? Unfortunately I have to leave, but I'll come back soon ???????? It was a great experience like I've said many times before! Thanks for everything, I have never seen such kind people like the Filipinos before ???????????? #missnetherlands #missuniverse #zoeyivory #itsmorefuninthephilippines
Sa Instagram post naman ni Miss Israel Yam Kaspers Anshel, na kuha mula sa Baguio City, sinabi nito sa caption: “In love with the Philippines.”
Sa panayam sa kanya ng ABS-CBN News, sinabi ni Miss Israel na mananatili pa siya sa Pilipinas para bisitahin ang ibang lugar ng bansa.
Samantala, ang Miss Universe 2016 1st runner-up na si Raquel Pellisier ng Haiti ay nagpasalamat din sa mainit na pagtanggap sa kanya ng mga Pilipino.
“It's more fun in The Philippines right? Thank so much for the great hospitality and the treatment you give us,” sabi ni Miss Haiti sa kanyang Instagram post na kuha rin mula sa Baguio.
It's more fun in The Phillipines right? Thank so much for the great hospitality and the treatment you give us????????????????????#baguio #missuniverse #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverso #misshaiti #65thmissuniverse #misshaitiuniverse #missuniverse2016 #thephillipines????: @migdoelfigueroa????: @fernandomarin1053
Halos ganito rin ang naging pahayag ni Miss Germany Johanna Acs sa kanyang Instagram post.
Aniya, “Thank you Philippines, you have made this experience the most incredible memory of my life! The very best choice for the host country of Miss Universe in history!
“To the Filipinos - the most humble, sweetest and welcoming people! And thank you to everyone who supported me throughout my journey, it means a lot to me!”
My dream complete. ????Gratitude. ????It's time to say thank you to the people that made my dream come true. First of all thank you to the best national director I could ever ask for @kimkoetter ???? Cannot thank you enough for what you did for me! To @ergolineworld - without having you as my sponsor all this would have been impossible! To the best supporters in the world - my family???? To have you by my side while competing on the Miss Universe stage was one of the best feelings I have ever had! Thank you Philippines, you have made this experience the most incredible memory of my life! The very best choice for the host country of Miss Universe in history! To the Filipinos - the most humble, sweetest and welcoming people! And thank you to everyone who supported me throughout my journey, it means a lot to me! Last but not least congratulations to our gorgeous new Miss Universe Miss France @irismittenaeremf ????I don't even remember the last time I felt so truly happy for someone else! Iris you were one of my best friends during the competition, I loved you right from the beginning and you are such a deserving winner! An absolutely beautiful person inside and outside???? I am so happy the crown finally goes back to Europe! Team Europe ???????? Love you @irismittenaeremf shine bright like a diamond! ???? #missuniverse #missgermany #missfrance #crowningmoment #gratitude #thankyou #philippines #manila #itsmorefuninthephilippines