"Kasi when you think about a Cebuana can hardly speak English and of course Tagalog so maybe she should answer in Bisaya." -Gloria Diaz
Miss Universe 1969 and the very first in our country. If we analyze it thoroughly, we can say that she criticized Cebuanas to the highest level. However, I believe that Cebuanos are not shallow minded. I thought that we would just let this pass by because it is not the truth and we have proven we can speak Tagalog and English really well.
If we are not good enough in English, Business Process Outsourcing companies will not make Cebu an IT Hub because most of these BPO's are call centers which requires efficient and effective use of this universal language. Second, we can never be behind in terms of Tagalog because all our lives we spent studying Filipino subjects from elementary to college, watched Philippine TV shows and love Original Pinoy Music (OPM).
If Cebuanos are intelligent enough to really dig deeper into what Ms. Diaz said, we would realize how much she cared about our culture, our Cebuano culture: our pride as Cebuanos of unique kind and not our pride as people who speak other nation's language. True it is that we are proud that we can speak Tagalog or English fluently but do we ask ourselves if we are proud being Cebuanos who speaks and loves our own Cebuano language (not anymore a dialect based on national linguists society)?
This is the video from TV Patrol of ABS-CBN where Ms. Diaz was interviewed.