My Own “Miss Philippines 2010” Answer
If I were the Miss Philippines representative to the Miss Universe 2010 pageant (the odds of that happening is 1 in one trillion I have to admit) and William Baldwin were to ask me, “What was the one big mistake that you did in your life? And what did you do to make it right?”
I would have probably answered the question this way: “I would very much like to give you a specific incident that I think qualifies as a “big mistake”, but I’d rather not. Because I believe that life should not be about regrets and keeping tabs of the things we did wrong in our past. Instead, I would rather treat every experience as an opportunity to learn and to be a better person.”
It’s rather long and quite a mouthful, I know. But I can always choose to say it in Filipino and let an interpreter deal with having to say everything in English. So, if I didn’t win as Miss Universe I can always blame the interpreter… I’m joking of course.
Anyway, Venus Raj still deserves to be congratulated for putting up a good fight. It takes nerves of steel to be up there in front of the whole world, so to speak, while trying to compose a decent and grammatically correct answer. It probably was just not in her stars to be Miss Universe 2010.