Sunday, September 9. 2007
(This is an open letter to the organizers, judges, parents and candidates of the WMSU ILED Search for the Ginoong at Bb. Buwan Ng Wika 2007 held last August 31, 2007 at the WMSU Social Hall â€” Editor)
Firstly, I would like to apologize to all the parents of the candidates for the scene I have made after the awarding ceremony and so the closing ceremony was not anymore done properly. I know that we would have liked the affair ended a success. But I also would like to ask for your understanding of my stand and of those who, like me, were dismayed of how the contest was done. Iâ€™m sure you are with me in saying that our agreement with the organizers â€œNOT TO LET ANY CANDIDATE GO HOME EMPTY HANDEDâ€ since they are only children, so as not to demoralize them at an early age, and since we parents will be spending not just hundreds but thousands of pesos for them and a simple sash which cost only less than P20 will make one child happy, WAS NOT FOLLOWED.
I did not really expect my 5 year old grade 1 daughter, who will only be turning 6 come September 30, to win against her opponents who are 7 to 9 years of age. When my daughter with her Bayanihan attire sang the ISANG LAHI of Regine Velasquez version in the talent show where she was applauded twice and made the emcee comment WOW was not chosen as among the top 3 winners, I told myself there is only a small chance for her to win any major award in the final contest since 20% score will be taken from that show.
But nevertheless I was banking on the Organizerâ€™s promise that every candidate will be given any simple token of appreciation and that, I know, I will already make my little girl happy.
I was so proud of her when the 1st judge for category A (gr. I, II and III) asked her â€œAno ang iyong gagawin kapag narinig mo ang iyong mga kaklase na umaawit ng Pambansang Awit nang mali?â€ she was the 1st candidate who was called for the question and answer portion being candidate no. 1, yet her answer was very spontaneous, even greeting first the public with â€œMagandang hapon po sa inyong lahatâ€ then continued with her answer in a complete sentence by saying â€œKapag narinig ko po ang aking mga kaklase nang umaawit ng Pambansang Awit nang mali, patatapusin ko po muna sila kumanta at pagkatapos ay sasabihin ko po sa kanila na kapag kumanta sila ulit ay pagbutihin na nila.â€ This little 5-year-old girl was in a minute able to memorize the long sentence of the judge confidently and accurately. Is this not the way we teach our small children to answer in a complete sentence? But maybe the so called Brilliant Judges would have liked the answer to be â€œSasabihin ko mali sila at tuturuan ko sila ng tama,â€ without givin
But mind you this 5 years old gave you a SPONTANEOUS ANSWER IN FRONT OF A HUGE AUDIENCE. And the lady judge, the same judge who questioned my daughter saying that the question was to be repeated twice, suddenly BROKE her own rule when she kept on repeating and rephrasing her simple question up to 6 times to candidate no. 3, a 7 years old girl. The pretty girl really wanted to answer because we saw in her eyes the urge to, and was even looking at her parents for answers. She also looked gorgeous in her BACKLESS Filipiniana attire. My congratulations to you little girl for having awarded The Binibining MINDANAO.
I really do not have any idea what the brilliant Professors/Judges had in mind and the Organizers for forgetting our previous agreement before we committed our children to participate in the said pageant. Iâ€™m sure you still remember the result of your inspiring activity where out of 5 girl contestants of category A, 4 went home with trophies, sashes and bouquets and only 1 girl went home EMPTY HANDED and that was my 5- year-old daughter. And the 5 boy candidates for category A, only 1 boy went home empty handed.
It was same way with category B (gr. IV, V and VI) where a girl also went home with nothing.
Itâ€™s NOT the issue of LOSING.., NOT even of WINNING. Because in the spirit of sportsmanship, at the end of the day, preferences vary, judgment differs. What may be beautiful to you is ugly to me. But this is an issue of BASIS OF JUDGEMENT and the AGREEMENT MADE. Because at the end of the day TOLERANCE is worst than COMPLAINTS.
I hope this letter will set a precedence for a FAIR, REASONABLE and EFFECTIVE JUDGEMENT and ORGANIZERS should comply, abide and acknowledge everything that had been agreed upon that we may be guided in future competitions.