Through a press conference held today, GMA Network Primetime Queen and Smile Train Global Ambassador Marian Rivera is one of the judges in the upcoming Miss Universe this coming December 12th, held in Eilat Israel. The show will air LIVE in the USA on FOX channel and Telemundo(Mexico). I believe ABS-CBN will show its LIVE telecast via A2Z channel on December 13th, 7:30am.
Rumors have circulated about Marian Rivera being a judge in the most prestigious beauty pageant and social media was buzzed when Marian herself posted a hint on her Instagram where she succinctly said she’s “Honored” and grateful to be chosen. Now we can all shout it off the rooftops. YES, Marian Rivera is heading to the Universe! Queen doing Queen Things! 👑🙌🙌
Marian was chosen by the production less than a month ago, and then the choice was forwarded to the Miss Universe Organization who vetted her before asking her to be part of the selection committee.
Marian, who revealed that she used to compete in local pageants herself, said that this was a huge honor for her.
“Minsan lang ito dumating at bakit hindi ko tatanggapin? Mahirap iwan ang mga anak ko pero naniniwala ako na balang araw ay maiintindihan nila kung gaano ka-importante ito,” she said.
Marian also gamely addressed bashers who as early as now were questioning her being picked by the Miss Universe Organization as part of its selection committee.
“Hindi naman talaga English ang language ko kung hindi Filipino at pinili pa rin nila ako. I-express ko ang sarili ko naaayon sa nararamdaman ko sa araw na ‘yon,” she explained.
She added, “Minsan lang mabigyan ng ganito kahalagang gagampanan sa isang organization na ganito. Malaking karangalan ito.”
Marian admits that she is still taking her duties as part of the selection committee one day at a time and that she is looking forward to appreciating the pageant’s contestants.
“Nandoon ako para i-appreciate at maging saksi sa kagandahan ng mga babae sa buong mundo at katapangan nila na ibalik ang humanity sa gitna ng radikal na pagbabago na dala ng pandemya,” she said. (SOURCE: GMA NETWORK)
It's confirmed! Marian Rivera will be one of the judges of Miss Universe 2021.
"Noong una ko marinig, ang nasabi ko talaga, ‘Ako? Totoo ba iyan?’ At the same time, kinikilig ako, mixed emotions. Walang dahilan na hindian ko siya."@TheManilaTimes
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— Christina Alpad (@tmtteenaalpad) December 3, 2021