In mock Q&A, Ariella reacts to Aguilar's love affair
MANILA – The Philippines’ representative to this year’s Miss Universe pageant was asked to react to the controversial relationship of singer Freddie Aguilar with a minor as part of a mock question and answer portion.
On the ANC program “Headstart” on Monday, Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida said she does not condemn Aguilar’s relationship with a 16-year-old woman, which has been criticized by many on social media.
“We can do nothing about it because that’s love… You know love, it’s really unexplainable,” she told “Headstart” host Karen Davila.
“Maybe in the eyes of people [it’s wrong]… because we’re not used to it in our society. We are used to the normal [relationship]. I’m not saying it’s not normal [but] we’re not used to that kind of love in our society,” she added. “I have nothing against Mr. Freddie Aguilar falling in love with a 16-year-old. At the end of the day, for me, it depends on the girl.”
Aguilar’s girlfriend maintained in a previous interview that she loves the singer-composer, adding that she does not care about his past or even their age gap.
“Mahal ko siya. Wala akong pakialam kung anong nakaraan niya, kung ano siya. Basta love ko siya, iyon ‘yon,” said the girlfriend, who is fondly referred to as “babe” by Aguilar.
In a recent candid admission, Aguilar confirmed his new relationship, and even shared plans of settling down and building a new family with the 16-year-old girl.
The two met during an election campaign concert in Oriental Mindoro.
Ariella supports RH bill, against divorce
During the mock question and answer portion on “Headstart,” Arida was also asked about her views on different issues such as divorce and the Reproductive Health bill.
The Miss Universe Philippines 2013 said she does not support divorce, citing her religious background.
“Coming from a religious background… I’m not in favor of divorce. Before you get into marriage, you should have a full understanding of each other. You have to accept who you are,” she said.
When asked by Davila if she is willing to stay in a marriage “where there is no longer love,” Arida replied: “It’s hard to answer, you, know, but… How can you not feel the love in the first place?”
“God gave us the opportunity to be together so only He could separate us,” she explained.
As for the Reproductive Health bill, Arida said she supports the pending measure.
“I am for the Reproductive Health bill because the way I see it, RH bill is like wise family planning. For me, it’s not a form of killing,” she said.
The beauty queen went on to stress that it is not a sin to use contraception.
“For me, it’s more of an injustice if you give birth to a child and in return, you cannot nurture it, you cannot take care of it. So might as well be smart, be wise in our actions,” she said.
Arida, whose parents are both public school teachers in her hometown of Laguna, said her advocacy revolves around education.
“That’s why I’m a late bloomer. I finished my course first before joining pageants. My parents are both teachers so I place this great importance on education,” she said.
Arida hopes to follow in the footsteps of her predecessors as she competes in the Miss Universe pageant on November 9 in Russia. Last year’s bet, Janine Tugonon, finished first runner-up in the pageant, while Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj placed third runner-up in 2011 and fourth runner-up in 2010, respectively.
She also considers the recent victories of Filipinas in beauty pageants as her motivation to bring home the Miss Universe crown.