MANILA – It’s no secret that Catriona Gray is among the
frontrunners in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant.
So when Bb. Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon said
she finds her remarks “just a tiny bit scripted,” many pageant
fans were outraged.
Gray took the comment in stride and said “okay.” But De Leon
drew flak on social media, prompting her to explain that all
she did was give constructive criticism.
If you’re not open to constructive criticism, then you’re not
open to truly growing as a person.
And yes, there is a difference between constructive criticism
(to help someone grow) and bashing.
— Mariel de Leon (@mariaangelicadl)
March 11, 2018
As netizens continue to criticize De Leon, Gray felt the need
to step in, asking her fans to stop the hate.
She stressed that she values De Leon’s opinion about her as
this helps her grow as a beauty queen.
“I’ve noticed that a lot of you have taken a comment given to
me during the show in a negative way. Firstly, any advice from
our queens is valuable to us Binibinis, and I took all of those
given to me in a very constructive way! I always have something
to learn and improve on, that’s why one of my greatest passions
is education,” Gray said in a
Facebook post on Monday night.
“Secondly, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and although
at times you may not favor it, it doesn’t give a good reason to
turn around and try to hurt others through bullying and
bashing,” she added. “Be passionate, but be mindful. Let’s
cultivate an environment, not just in beauty pageants but in
society in general, where we argue like we’re right but listen
like we’re wrong.”
“Debate is healthy, bashing is not. Let’s spread love!”