Despite the hot and obscure news in the country this week caused by the hostage taking crisis last Monday, Venus Raj somehow managed to enter the limelight with her ‘Major major’ success in the Miss Universe 2010 pageant last August 23 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 22 year old Filipina-Indian beauty queen represented the Republic of the Philippines in the pageant and placed fourth runner-up to Jimena Navarrete of Mexico. She was confident all through out the show and cheerfully admitted during her after-show interview with ABS-CBN that she was nervous during the Q&A portion. She was asked by the American actor William Baldwin about the one big mistake she made in her life and what she did to make it right. Then she replied and I quote, “You know what sir, in my 22 years of existence, I can say that there is nothing major, major…I mean, problem that I’ve done in my life, because I am very confident with my family, with the love that they are giving to me. So, thank you so much that I am here. Thank you, thank you so much!”.
Immediately, her answer got everybody’s attention and made the whole world remember the expression — “Major major”, which, if translated to Filipino gaylinggo, is “bonggang bongga”. It is currently a trending topic on the social networking sites.
Filipinos are very proud with Venus and was on total support before, during and even after the pageant. Filipino celebrities like Miriam Quiambao and Tim Yap also extended their praises to her on twitter saying “Congrats Venus! We’re still proud of u!” and “Miss Phils Venus Raj’s journey from the rice fields of Camarines Sur to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is a feat in itself. She made us proud!:-),”, respectively.
Thankful to the Filipinos who supported her, Venus stated that she is very excited to go back to the Philippines and see her family with whom she says that gives her the love and support that made her be in her position right now.
Of the 83 contestants, Venus topped them all making it in the top 5. The outgoing titleholder Stefanía Fernández from Venezuela gave the crown to Jimena Navarette of Mexico who was proclaimed then as the Miss Universe 2010.