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What is Venus Raj’s Major Major Problem?

August 25, 2010 by · 23 Comments 

What is Venus Raj’s Major Major Problem? – The answer of Miss Philippines Venus Raj, “major, major” had been a hot topic in the Philippines and had also been a trending topic on Twitter. Many said that her answer was basically the reason why the favorite candidate to win the Miss Universe 2010 ended up just 4th Runner-Up. What is really Venus Raj’s major problem which she seemed to have forgotten

When Venus Raj went to the stage to answer the question, it was William Baldwin’s turn so he asked, “What was the one big mistake that you did in your life? And what did you do to make it right?”

Venus Raj answered, “You know what, sir, in my 22 years of existence, I can say that there’s nothing major, major problem that I’ve done in my life because I’m very confident with my family, with the love that they are giving to me. So thank you so much that I’m here. Thank you, thank you so much!”

The excitement and the tension at the moment cause her to give such an answer. Venus forgot that she was stripped off the Bb. Pilipinas Universe crown before and if that was not fixed, she would not be in the Miss Universe 2010 competition after all.

Venus Raj holds the record of being the first-ever dethroned Binibining Pilipinas to have successfully attempted for a reinstatement of a Binibining Pilipinas crown. The dethronement happened a few weeks after her coronation due to alleged inconsistencies between her birth certificate and the personal account of her birth.

Upon dethronement of Venus Raj, her fans and supporters were saddened and angered. Fans immediately conducted online petitions, signature campaigns, Facebook fan pages, blogs, forums and petition letters to the Miss Universe Organization to report the irregularities. In April 10, 2010, the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. reversed their decision.

Venus has also planned to take legal action against the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc.’s decision but he did not pursue this because she feared that her future career would be affected.

In a local television interview, Raj’s statement if delivered during the Miss Universe 2010 would be the best answer someone could ever get. Raj said, “My fight is now more than just chasing a dream. It is about clearing my soiled reputation. It is about standing up for people who are poor and born out of wedlock. It is a fight for acceptance.”

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The question is a timely and apt question for her but indeed the truth that pressure surely gets in the way is also an understandable way to explain what happened. Venus Raj had proved many things and being one of the five most beautiful woman in the world is already an accomplishment.

Congratulations Venus Raj and of course to the Miss Universe 2010 winner, Miss Mexico Jimena Navarette.

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23 Responses to “What is Venus Raj’s Major Major Problem?”
  1. ELLE says:

    MISS PHILIPPINES – VENUS RAJ GAVE AN HONEST ANSWER AND IT COSTS HER THE CROWN

    Let me enlighten you as to why?

    Venus Raj lives a simple and poor life. She lives in a province, sort of your rural America or the boonies. The house she lives in is a simple thatched-roof hut made of bamboo and wood, located in the middle of the rice paddies. Her immediate support are her family, friends, and relatives. She was born illegitimate. In the Philippine society, it is still a stigma. She strives to do her best to study hard and succeed in life. She graduated Cum Laude in Communication Arts and managed to find a job as Information Assistant in a governmental agency in her province. While doing that, she helps her mother, a farmer, buys land on installment basis. Her goal is to help her mother and family improve the quality of their lives and lift from the life of poverty.

    Going back to the question posed by Mr. Baldwin, “what is the one big mistake that you did in your life, and what did you do to make it right?” When Venus answered, “In my 22 years of existence, there is nothing major – major problem that I have done in my life. Because I’m very confident about my family and the love they are giving me. So thank you so much…”

    IF YOU ANALYZE HER ANSWER, SHE IS TELLING THE AUDIENCE THE TRUTH! WHEN DOES TRUTH BECOMES A LIABILITY?

    In her 22 years of life, she did not commit a ONE BIG MISTAKE WORTH UNDOING OR REGRETTING! SHE THANKS HER FAMILY BECAUSE THEY ARE HER GUIDE AND SUPPORT.

    Let’s see…where could she make a big mistake?

    DID SHE SLEEP AROUND AND CATCH HIV/STD DISEASES? – No, she did not. Remember, she lives in a rural area in a conservative Catholic society, acting whorish is a big NO NO!
    DID SHE GET PREGNANT AND HAVE AN ABORTION? – NO, she did not. She is one wholesome girl. Her family watched, protected, and nurtured her. She can’t escape the watchful eyes of her 4 brothers. Suitors will have a hard time to be near her. If there is going to be one, he will be talking to the whole family instead of talking privately with her. That’s the way life in rural Philippines. Everybody knows everybody, and everybody knows what everybody is doing.
    DID SHE SMOKE OR DID DRUGS? – NO, she did not. She came from a poor family. She has no means of buying it. These bad habits are only enjoyed by the wretched people, who are typically shunned by Philippine conservative society.
    DID SHE FAIL IN SCHOOL? – No, she did not. She excelled in school. Graduated Cum Laude.
    DID SHE COVET A MARRIED MAN? – No, she did not. She doesn’t have a boyfriend at the present time.
    IS SHE A BAD DAUGHTER? – No, she is not. In fact, she helps her mother and family improve their lives.

    OVERALL, VENUS IS A WHOLESOME, GOOD GIRL, WHO GREW UP IN A RURAL CONSERVATIVE SOCIETY, PROTECTED, NURTURED, AND WATCHED BY HER LOVE ONES AND DID NOT EXPERIENCE BIG MISTAKES IN LIFE. SHE LEAD A CAREFUL AND NORMAL LIFE THAT IS TOTALLY OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU EXPECT OF A LIFE OF A YOUNG LADY IN THE MODERN WESTERN SOCIETY.

    UNFORTUNATELY, SHE WAS JUDGED BY A PANEL OF MODERN SOCIETY JUDGES AND AUDIENCES WHO CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT THEY WERE HEARING. TRUTH IS INDEED STRANGER THAT FICTION. BUT JUDGES, BY VIRTUE OF BEING A JUDGE, SHOULD ALSO LOOK AT FACTS AND TRUTHS, NOT SOME GENERALIZED OPINION THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO THE POLITICALLY CORRECT. VENUS ANSWER WAS FACTUAL AND BRAVE, AND SHE SHOULDN’T BE LAMBASTED FOR TELLING THE TRUTH, AND IT SHOULDN’T COST HER THE CROWN.

    VENUS COMING FROM A POOR EXISTENCE AND MAKING IT INTO THE WORLD SHOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR PEOPLE LIVING AND BORN INTO POVERTY, WHICH APTLY APPLIES TO THE 70% OF THE WORLD POPULATION, AND FOR THOSE BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK. SHE CAN BE A GREAT MESSENGER TO THE WORLD THAT:

    1. THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF BEING BORN OF OUT WEDLOCK. IT IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. LIFE OFFERS REDEMPTION AND MANY POSSIBILITIES.
    2. BEING POOR IS NOT A HINDRANCE TO SUCCEED IN LIFE.
    3. STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND OF FINISHING COLLEGE.
    4. HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF MORAL CHARACTER AND A GIRL’S WHOLESOME IMAGE
    5. FAITH OF A CREATOR WITH UNLIMITED GIFTS TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE ~NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD. HE CAN USE A MESSENGER FROM THE LOWLY AND POOR AND EXALT HER TO NEW HEIGHTS. SHE CAN BE A LIVING TESTAMENT OF GOD’S GRACE AND POWER THAT HE CAN DO ANYTHING AND CAN CHANGE LIVES.
    6. GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR YOUNG GIRLS ~BE VIRTUOUS~BE HONEST ~HONOR THE PARENTS~EXCEL IN SCHOOL~HELPS FAMILY, ETC.

    WHERE CAN YOU FIND A RARE AND SPECIAL GIRL LIKE VENUS RAJ?

    MR. TRUMP AND THE PANEL OF JUDGES FAILED TO DO THEIR DUE DILIGENCE. THEY FAILED TO DO THEIR JOB AND IN FAILING TO DO THEIR JOB, THEY MISSED THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY FOR A GREAT MESSENGER TO THE WORLD, WHO IS CONVINCINGLY BELIEVABLE TO THE WORLD, BECAUSE SHE IS A LIVING AND BREATHING PROOF OF A POOR GIRL BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK WHO OVERCOMES HARDSHIPS, OBSTACLES, AND CHALLENGES IN LIFE. JUST LOOK AT HER LIFE … AND HOW FAR SHE GOES.

    IF THE MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION WANTS TO BE RELEVANT NOW AND IN THE FUTURE, THEY SHOULD SEND THE RIGHT MESSENGER TO THE WORLD, WHO WOULD INSPIRE THE WORLD BY EXAMPLE, AND WHO CAN WALK THE TALK. A PRETTY FACE WON’T CUT IT ANYMORE.

    • Christine says:

      I agree with you. She’s a positive person and doesn’t dwell on problems. It was a truthful answer on her part. She just didn’t have any big mistakes in her life and the crown problem wasn’t her mistake.

    • Jupiter says:

      Yes, exactly.

      A ‘big mistake’ in another culture can be TRANSLATED as something completely different from little mistakes the Western culture might think is major.. ie. not saying your best friend is pretty. It is translated like things that would cause shame to her family…

      I think what Venus Raj did was give tribute to her family that they raised her right. In some cultures, a youth saying major-major mistake is a shame on the way their family raised them. She is saying (I’m assuming, cannot speak for her)… ” ‘bit mistake’… ? what? ok, let me loose the crown.. but my family is out in the crowd— and I give them tribute by saying their love gave me guidance to do no major mistakes. What should she have done.. lie and cause pain to her family??”

      Her mistake (from a Western viewpoint) was that she did not allow dysfunction to rule her and/or be PC and lie on stage.

      SHE IS PROUD TO TELL THE WORLD SHE IS CONFIDENT IN HER FAMILY’S LOVE TO DO NO
      ‘MAJOR MAJOR’ MISTAKES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • juvyrg says:

      uhuh…got a good explanation on that.I definitely agree with you , I just dont know why some other Filipinos are so mean and narrow-minded.There is nothing they can do if Venus Raj has definitely no major problems encountered in her life so far.Would that still be questionable?!
      Anyway, let’s be proud of her, she may not made to the top but we know in our Hearts, she can be a role model of the youth.

  2. Fingaz says:

    Very well said!

  3. Paula Arcega says:

    The question was: “What was the one big mistake that you did in your life? And what did you do to make it right?”

    It is not what was the one big challenge you’ve ever come across in your life.

    To tell you people the truth, it is possible for a Filipino to never have that one big mistake in life. I myself, don’t have any. I am 27 years old now, and yet I never had the chance to make that one big mistake in my life. So her answer is just an honest one.

    I don’t think the dethronement issue is her mistake, so it wouldn’t be an appropriate answer. It was someone else’s mistake, not hers.

  4. Dong Juan says:

    The problem with Venus’ answer was it was too good to be true…hard to believe to the point of being very ideal. Net, it didnt score well with the judges.

    There is no right or wrong answer to a question like that. What could have helped is cite any mistake (no one is perfect)…then focus on the learnings that she got from it.

    This could have helped here notch higher…if not the top prize. Nevertheless, congratulations!

    • Jupiter says:

      first of all, you need to distinush between minor or major mistakes. Venus cleary was thinking from the major viewpoint.

      yes, it does sound to good to be true, in this world of teen rebellion and dysfunctions as normal. but you know what? when we went to a village in India, we too were shocked at the utter humility and kindness of the teens. their harsh environment and strong love caused them to have so much DEEP BROTHERHOOD AND SISTERHOOD.

      yes, i do believe there are good youths out there who have not done major major mistakes. i wish i was one of them (sadly, i have made mistakes big and small). but i don’t judge or dis-believe those who claim they have not.

  5. Harold Ramos says:

    The problem about beauty pageant is that it is not and exact science and all viewers, let alone judges of beauty tilt are swayed by their personal and somewhat limited knowledge of the third world or developing countries. That a judge or a panel of judges would deign to measure Ms. Venus Raj on standards that finds relevance and is pertinent only on one part of the global hemispheres only tend to prove one thing: beauty and brains are two worlds apart. I am taking issue with the gray matters of the judges. They have taken to heart that they are judging a beauty contest and unwittingly pushed to the limit the idea that their judgment need not be supported by logic and that the choice for the crown need not be an intelligent choice. The question was very presumptuous and very well out of order as it makes unnecessary presumption that Ms. Venus Raj has committed one big mistake in her life. Mr. Baldwin, sir, I admit, for the sake of argument, that you might have a couple of big mistakes in your life but I cannot just swallow hook, line and sinker the idea you are trying to sell: that Ms. Raj who have consistently shown by her impressive resume’ that she is the sort of cerebral person who happens to have formidable looks would still commit one big mistake. If you insist on this fallacious argument, all bets are off the table. Any person who makes even a perfunctory research on this inimitable Filipina beauty would not dare to ask and even think that the subject committed one big mistake in her life. The only presumption that should be sold here is that all the judges must at least show ordinary diligence and propound life-altering questions only after taking a decent homework to enable them to raise informed and intelligent questions and most importantly, to enable them to have the courage to discern the true and correct answers. Beauty and brains have both failed us if we cannot see the unquestionable and unflunkable answer given by Ms. Raj.The question now is that to the honorable judges, can you now say that you could rest easy and you could forever hold your peace? I am glad you still have brain cells to spare, sirs and mesdames. Thank you for the stunt and for the brain teaser you made of this contest or shall we say a no-contest pageant. Peace!

  6. Harold Ramos says:

    The problem about beauty pageant is that it is not an exact science and all viewers, let alone judges of beauty tilt are swayed by their personal and somewhat limited knowledge of the third world or developing countries. That a judge or a panel of judges would deign to measure Ms. Venus Raj on standards that find relevance and is pertinent only on one part of the global hemispheres only tend to prove one thing: beauty and brains are two worlds apart. I am taking issue with the gray matters of the judges. They have taken to heart that they are judging a beauty contest and unwittingly pushed to the limit the idea that their judgment need not be supported by logic and that the choice for the crown need not be an intelligent choice. The question was very presumptuous and very well out of order as it makes unnecessary presumption that Ms. Venus Raj has committed one big mistake in her life. Mr. Baldwin, sir, I admit, for the sake of argument, that you might have a couple of big mistakes in your life but I cannot just swallow hook, line and sinker the idea you are trying to sell: that Ms. Raj who have consistently shown by her impressive resume’ that she is the sort of cerebral person who happens to have formidable looks would still commit one big mistake. If you insist on this fallacious argument, all bets are off the table. Any person who makes even a perfunctory research on this inimitable Filipina beauty would not dare to ask and even think that the subject committed one big mistake in her life. The only presumption that should be sold here is that all the judges must at least show ordinary diligence and propound life-altering questions only after taking a decent homework to enable them to raise informed and intelligent questions and most importantly, to enable them to have the courage to discern the true and correct answers. Beauty and brains have both failed us if we cannot see the unquestionable and unflunkable answer given by Ms. Raj.The question now is that to the honorable judges, can you now say that you could rest easy and you could forever hold your peace? I am glad you still have brain cells to spare, sirs and mesdames. Thank you for the stunt and for the brain teaser you made of this contest or shall we say a no-contest pageant. Peace!

  7. SUNEV says:

    the truth is she’s really very ideal. if you only knew her and her background

  8. Sab says:

    why should she cite the “dethroning” issue as a BIG mistake when it wasn’t HER mistake to begin with? It was the stupid Bb.Pilipinas fault. It wasn’t Venus’ mistake.

    Venus said the right thing in the Q&A. She simply told the truth.

  9. kadyos says:

    “What was the one big mistake that YOU did in your life?”

    Venus’s answer, if stated more briefly: “I have never given anyone any sort of major problem; I was raised well.”

    Her answer was perfectly logical. Never mind if it was phrased in a way that was lacking in depth or grace or even sincerity. The point is, it answered the question.

    I mention this because here in the Philippines, you would not believe the number of people who say that she should have mentioned her Binibining Pilipinas dethronement and eventual reinstatement.

    If she did that, her answer would have been illogical, because it was not HER mistake.

    People here focus on the “major major.” This is hard to understand if you’re not a Filipino. I’m too ashamed to explain it. But fellow Filipinos will understand.

    • juvyrg says:

      I think there’s nothing to be ashamed on this…the fact that she made it to the top 5 was already an achievement for our country. We are just looking for a perfect/better answer than what she said. She doesn’t deserve to be lambasted because of this major major issue,it would help if we will accept the reality that the title is not intended for us. Thinking that

    • juvyrg says:

      I think there’s nothing to be ashamed on this…the fact that she made it to the top 5 was already an achievement for our country. We are just looking for a perfect/better answer than what she said. She doesn’t deserve to be lambasted because of this major major issue,it would help if we will accept the reality that the title is not intended for us. Thinking that after 11 years (1999),again we made it to the top 5 finalists is already something for us to be proud of. I understand what others felt about the result but unfortunately we aren’t the one standing in front of thousands of people from around the globe watching your every single move.
      I dont think Filipinos should feel degraded just because of this pageant. And we can never blame anyone if they tell us they did not made a major mistake in their entire existence. There could be problems of course but that is why there is a so-called minor, maybe that is how she look at it.Would that still be questionable?! Dethroning issue is definitely out of question because its not her mistake. Education as what Ms. Gloria Diaz mentioned could be considered as major one because if there was no lawyer who helped her she can’t finish her studies,but remember she’s an honor student and she excel in her academics, definitely it would be her asset to attract private individuals or even public organizations that will sponsor
      her studies.Looking for her father coudn’t be…we really don’t know her side about this so we better shut up.Wheew! Too much to explain, don’t be offended people, I just try to look on the other side…I just definitely understand her, she might be a strong woman who sees her problem as a challenge but not a major major problem…
      Congratulations to you Venus! We are proud of you!

  10. kadyos says:

    No, no… I’m not ashamed of Venus’s landing in 5th place. That doesn’t make sense. In life, we simply have to try to do whatever it is that we have to do as best we can. Winning is definitely not everything.

    I am ashamed of the colonial mentality as related to English usage. On the Filipinos’ focusing on “major major.” There, I said it. Sorry.

  11. kadyos says:

    To put it another way, ganito: Logical ang sagot ni Venus. Pero sa halip na ma-appreciate ng mga Pinoy ang logic ng sagot niya, sa mga katagang “major major” nag focus. Dahil lamang sa ang mga Kano o British o Aussie ay hindi madalas maringgan ng magkasunod na gamit ng “major.”

    Sa totoo lang nakyukyutan ako mag English ang mga non-native English speakers gaya ng mga Chinese & Japanese, may character na kakaiba. Just listen to Shonen Knife’s version of Top of The World. I’m not being patronizing. It’s really cute. And of course there are the people from India, napaka elegant mag construct ng English sentences, sariling style nila.

    Pero bakit tayo, pag “Filipinized” ang Ingles, pinupulaan ng sariling kababayan?

    Marahil hindi nanalo si Venus dahil gaya nga ng sabi ko, kulang siguro sa depth (additional explanation) o grace (medyo poetic siguro ang tono dapat).

    Pero I am sure na yung foreign judges, hindi ang “major major” phrase ang iniisip nung binigyan ng score si Venus.

    I am absolutely nuts about Venus. (I’m a hot-blooded male.) Ang taong di pa hanga sa kanya, something’s wrong with that person. She’s a star in her own right.

  12. Harry Longstone says:

    I think that the thing is we should always try to give our best and when we commit a mistake accept it. There is nothing wrong in accepting a mistake rather than making excuses and reasoning out to justify the mistake. As a news reporter and correspondent, with all honesty I think that Venus knows that she really indeed made a blunder on her answer… but that’s it… learn from it and next time do better… if not then do best.

  13. Shine says:

    Ms Venus Raj… I proud of You…. there’s nothing to be ashamed… It is your answer, your opinion…..So, it must be respected…

  14. kadyos says:

    Yup, perhaps the judges thought that Venus’s answer was too good to be true, that it was insincere.

    But I completely agree with the comment from ELLE. Venus is a very well-adjusted, very reasonable young girl. Her life has become a sort of open book to us Filipinos because of the dehtronement/reinstatement. She really is, on the whole, a good girl, and was raised exceptionally well.

    We know a screwup when we see one and Venus couldn’t be farther from being one.

    That’s one thing I’m very proud of as a Filipino. When a Filipino parent decides to do a good job, the results are excellent, especially in the provinces, as in Venus’s case. It’s because the time-tested values are still there. There is less ambiguity as compared to Western-style family life.

  15. juvyrg says:

    Mistake…accepted or not, it is already a nature of Filipinos to criticize every little things (be it constructive or destructive).In her case, we all know she may have anwered it in a different way or she may paraphrase her answer but…the pageant is OVER. Nothing to do about it. (Im speaking in general-not major). Sometimes, or maybe we have to put ourselves into her shoe, just give it a try if we could probably give an answer as what expected by everyone.I just thought that the question was too personal unlike the questions with other candidates that is based on current events.It would be better if they put back the 1 question for 5 finalists and their soundproof cubicle, atleast there, answers will be fairly judged based on level of thinking,analization and depth of answers. Anyway, I dont justify Venus’ answer at all. I thought it would be much better so we can see how others will answer that same question. There’s is nothing we can do if she doesn’t see those things as problem. We have different point of views in life, sometimes its only a matter of appreciation and gratitude despite of what she have been through. The important there is…she just show who really she is…with no regrets of the consequences of what she ‘ve done…it only portrays her personality (being optimistic).It doesn’t matter if she dont impressed the judges or even you, what matters most is the beauty deep within her. Wherein nobody has the right to criticize.

  16. Michaelle says:

    The “major, major” problem with MVR’s answer isn’t with the essence of her answer but it’s with how she answered the question and the insufficient elaboration complicated by what seemed to be disjointed set of statements. We Filipinos get her answer because we are probably more attuned to the nuances of how we express ourselves and how we translate our thoughts in English. Unfortunately, her message didn’t resonate clearly. She should have been given the chance to express herself in Filipino or Taglish for that matter.

  17. OrlandoPinoy says:

    Congratulations to Venus! Being on the top 5 is not bad at all and hopefully she will have a better future so she can help more her family and other people. She could also be a model of the youth.

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