Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina received backlash in her stand on Pride Month

  • Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina received backlash for being a part of Mega’s celebration of Pride Month
  • Maxine Medina’s remarks against Miss Universe Spain Angela Ponce resurfaced
  • Netizens bashed the beauty queen on different social media platforms

MEGA Magazine recently held its annual Independence Day celebration with a theme in line for Pride Month.

The Ball gathered celebrities and icons who support gender equality and this included Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2016 Maxine Medina.

As part of the social media campaign of the event, celebrities posted their mock-up covers with the blurb “We Are Equal” on their respective accounts which Maxine did as well.

On her Instagram, she posted a picture of herself celebrating and supporting the Pride Month.

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On this day of independence, we are breaking barriers. More than just nationalistic pride, today marks a freedom of self—where we dismiss the fear of being judged, show the world who we truly are, and stand with confidence in our truth. With self-assurance and humility in skill, patronage in advocacy, as well as to demonstrate #HMLoveForAll—regardless of gender, race, status, and beliefs—we are all equal. True freedom is about equality. More than just a photograph, this is a stand in visible solidarity for equality for all mankind. A call to #ReignWithPride, a necessary rejection of labels and breaking away from stereotype, this is an earnest pledge to exercise our human ability to tolerate, accept, and love in equivalence to each other, engaging and fighting for it today, and for the #NextGeneration. I am MAXINE MEDINA, and this is my stand, my state of pride. #MEGAForAll #MEGAEquality #Hm

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She received backlash though because of her past comments about transgender women, in particular about Miss Spain Angela Ponce a transgender who joined Miss Universe 2018.

It was at a press conference of her movie Pinay Movie last year where she said, “Well, kung gusto talaga sumali, may pageants naman for them, na right for them, Para naman din equal sa girls, ‘di ba? Siyempre may gusto din tayong i-share. Lalo na sa mga women.”

A lot of netizens called her out on her being a part of MEGA’s campaign.

Tweets even surfaced that Maxine Medina blocked people who called her out as transphobic, some even called her the most “boba” Miss Universe candidate to represent the Philippines.


With the backlash she received from netizens, Miss Universe Philippines 2016 apologized for the remarks she made last year.

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Pride month and yesterday's #MEGAForAll and #MEGAEqualityBall saw a resurfacing of a statement I made last year regarding my opinion on Angela Ponce, the first transwoman to join Miss Universe. While I was truly caught in a moment, I'll graciously and humbly say that it was misinformed, and lacking in empathy and understanding. I know first-hand how it is to feel invalidated as I have been bullied all my life, been called names. That's why I really apologize if this is how you felt and still feel. It isn't that I am not supporting a transwoman beauty queen, in fact I was actually proud of Angela, Miss Spain that she made a big step doing this to inspire others and that she had the courage of joining and asking Miss Universe to represent her country as a transwoman. It is such a big step forward for us to realize that we shouldn’t be scared of change. We should embrace it because no matter what, we are aiming for the better future for all. I have much to learn and understand, and that I am willing to do the necessary next steps to more understands the importance of equality in beauty pageants through meeting, speaking with and interacting with people who have different opinions than mine. Equality, I realized, is also about education and learning, not just based on what I know and believe, but also those of others as well. Having been made aware, I am humbling myself as a human being. Now, it is my hope that whether it's Miss Universe and all the other pageants in the world, women and transwomen continue to dream big and prove themselves that as a woman, you can do anything to be the queens you want to be.

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She also posted her statement on her Twitter account.

People still called her out for blocking those who wanted to educate her.



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