“If I had to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love. Because the first person that I love is God, who created me. And I have my faith, my principles, and this is what makes me who I am. And if that person loves me, he should love my God too.” – Shamcey Supsup, Miss Universe 2011 third runner up
There’s nothing more awesome than watching someone share his/her beliefs in front of thousands of people. I don’t know much about pageants, but what the newest Filipina pride Shamcey Supsup shared with the world is something that a lot of people might actually disagree with.
I was one of those who watched the replay of Miss Universe 2011 at home, I’m allowed to boo my work hours for that. I got home just in time for the Q&A portion. My initial reaction to Miss Philippines’ answer was that it was just okay. I thought that given the pressure of being on stage and knowing that the clock’s ticking away, this might probably be the best answer anyone could ever come up with. After a while, though, I realized that this was a personal stance. This was her way of saying she won’t let anything and anyone go between her and her God, not even love. This didn’t please everyone because we all know how sensitive a topic religion is.
Personally, I would’ve loved to hear her talk about interfaith marriages. About respecting one’s faith, one’s religion. About how people’s love for each other should strengthen their relationship and help bridge misunderstandings between religions. Then again, I’m pretty sure her answer wouldn’t have been as great as what she has given because that is not what she believes in.
In the end, it all boils down to respecting people’s opinions and religious beliefs.
P.S. I think (and I don’t care if I’ve to say this repeatedly) Shamcey Supsup deserves more than that third runner up title for her answer alone and bonus points should be given because of the way she said that with prowess and conviction.
*Image from pinoypower.net
Lazy Me decided to write this blog entry in bulleted form because first, I’m lazy. Second, my brain pretty much dried up by the end of the trip (you’ll know why later on). Third, I’m afraid I’d overuse some words, phrases, and whatnot. Fourth, it’s easy to just spit out words and not explain [exactly like what I’m doing right now]. Fifth, there is no fifth. Blah blah blah :P
Here’s what you should know ‘bout our trip: we spent our weekend (August 7-9, ‘10) at Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija and at Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya.