Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Writer's Block: Sablayisms

There are two things that Pinoys are searching like crazy for online these past two weeks.
One is on the Pacquiao-Marquez fight last Sunday, and the second is for Bb. Pilipinas World 2008 winner Janina San Miguel.
If you haven't heard already, San Miguel has been the butt of jokes and criticism for her atrocious English during the pageant Q&A --- a huge no-no in the age of cyberspace where you can get more than 15 minutes of unwanted fame.
Apparently Janina gets advice and defense from former beauty queens Ruffa Bektas and Melanie Marquez.
"May karapatan siyang magkamali sa Ingles kung maganda siya," (She is allowed to make mistakes if she is beautiful," Marquez was quoted saying.
Marquez, Bb. Pilipinas International 1979, was taunted for her difficulty with the English language. But the former beauty queen made this her trademark and even authored a book titled," Don't Judge Me, I'm Not A Book".

Here are some samples of those quotes:

"My brother is not a girl; he’s a gentleman."

"Don’t judge my brother; he’s not a book."

"I won’t stoop down to my level."

"I don’t eat meat. I’m not a carnival."

Going back to Ms. San Miguel, I suppose Marquez is right in certain ways. She is after all, only 17 and has time to improve her English communication skills - especially since she wants to become a reporter.
The good news for her is that if she ever becomes a reporter with bad grammar - there are editors. We can make you look good, no matter how painful your writing gets.
In the meantime, pray she won't make the same boo-boo in the Miss World competition.
There's still hope, so don't judge her - she's not a book! -wmf