In an interview with DZMM on Monday, Miss Zamboanga Bellatrix Tan defended herself from the criticism she received following her answer.
"I know po talaga 'yung El Niño and La Niña. Kasi alam ko po talaga na 'yung El Niño, drought po, dry. Sa La Niña naman po, heavy rainfall. Kasi nung na-realize ko na mali pala 'yung pag-deliver ko, 'yung pag-answer ko, bigla pong nag-react na ako. Sinabi ko na nga po dun sa host na alam ko kung ano ang La Niña, heavy rainfall," she said, adding that she does not know why she answered like that.
(I really know what El Niño and La Niña are. I know that El Niño means drought, dry. La Niña, on the other hand, is heavy rainfall. When I realized that my delivery was wrong, the way I answered, I reacted right away. I told the host that I knew what La Niña was, heavy rainfall.)
If given a chance to fix her answer, Bellatrix said she would say: "El Niño and La Niña are both effects of climate change. If we don't do our part, we will really experience drought and heavy rainfall. Act now so we can have a better future."
The 20-year-old Communications graduate also gave a message to those who criticized her, saying they should try to join a national pageant so they'll know how hard it is. She added that in such a situation, even simple questions can be difficult to answer.
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