A Pageantry of Tears and Cheers
Recently, the Philippines have experience a rare spectacle of mixture of tears and cheers almost within a succeeding days wherein the main audience is the world. What transpires within these days has been a talk of the town not only within the locals of the Philippines but in the world.
The momentous days are as follows:
August 21 – this day is suppose to be a solemn commemoration of the 27th death anniversary of former Philippine senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino as well as the reminiscent of the People Power which was spark by his death, when the Philippine beauty pageant wolrd was shock by a news about the sudden death of 2009 Binibining Pilipinas International Melody Gersbach. She died in a car-bus collision accident.
The cheerful reminiscent of what Ninoy have done have been mixed with tears of bereavement for an untimely demise of a Filipina Beauty title holder.
August 23 – this is the day when the Philippines’s image was tainted with shame again by the bloody end of the failed attempt to end the tourist bus hostage drama which took the lives of 8 Chinese nationals and the life of ex-Filipino police officer hostage taker, wherein the Hong Kong government and Chinese people show great disappointment about what have happened; wherein, early hours before the hostage, the Chinese nationals as well as those passengers in the bus have a cheerful disposition seeing that they are bound for a relaxing and peaceful destination somewhere in the Philippines. However, their cheers become traumatic tears of sorrows and grief.
August 24 –On Manila time, Philippine bet for Miss Universe 2010 beauty pageant Maria Venus Raj have managed to be on the top 5 finalist and won the Miss Universe fourth-runner position, which brings great cheers and smile among Filipinos simultaneously with the shame, anger and sorrows Filipinos and Chinese felt about the bloody end of the bus hostage drama in Manila.
She managed to be in the Miss Universe 2010 pageant despite earlier months she was stripped of her crown as Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2010 because of a confused and attempt to send a genuine document proving she was indeed a pure Filipino citizen. But eventually she indeed able to manage, and still she indeed though her answer to the pageant question,”, major, major” was somewhat laugh of.
Up until these days, the pageantry of tears and cheers on the mentioned days still lingers: Is Nonoy worth voted for a Philippine presidency despite of the “kapalpakan”(clumsiness) that is happening on his first months of administration? Are the Filipino policemen under-trained, particularly on such incident? Is the Philippines still safe for foreign tourists?, and when will the wound or the trauma of the Chinese people and the Hong Kong country be healed against the Filipinos?
Finally, it is proven that a Filipina have still guts to win the Miss Universe pageant despite of some clumsiness along the pageant.