Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Special Feature: The Asian Miss Universe Winners (1959 - 2015)

The Asian Miss Universe winners (19

*This blogpost was published last June 7, 2016.

Since the birth of Miss Universe in 1952, only a few Asians have managed to win and wear its most prestigious crown. Now let's take a look at some of the best women in Asia who were able to conquer and were once named, the most beautiful  in the universe. Let's start with Akiko Kujima of Japan. 

Note: I have excluded Israel and Lebanon in the group. 

Akiko Kujima - Miss Universe 1959

1. Miss Universe 1959 - Akiko Kojima of Japan - She is legendary for being the first Japanese and the first Asian to win the title of Miss Universe in 1959. Standing at 5'7'' tall, Akiko who was 22 years-old that time, bested 33 other contestants during the 8th edition of Miss Universe staged in Long Beach, California, USA. She was crowned by the outgoing titleholder, Luz Marina Zuluaga of Colombia. Akiko settled into a quiet married life after her reign. She is now 80 years old and presently lives in Tokyo, Japan. 

Apasra Hongsakula - Miss Universe 1965 

2. Miss Universe 1965 - Apasra Hongsakula of Thailand - She is the first Thai national who won the coveted Miss Universe crown contested in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. Apasra outshined 56 other delegates from around the world and succeeded Corinna Tsopei of Greece. 

She was raised in Bangkok, but was sent to learn English at a girls' secondary school in Penang, Malaysia. After her reign as Miss Universe, Apasra married a first cousin of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit by whom she has a son. The marriage ended long ago in divorce, but she remains a revered social figure in the country. 

Apasra is now 69 years old, and currently manages her own spa - Apasra Beauty and Slimming Spa. 

Gloria Diaz - Miss Universe 1969 

3. Miss Universe 1969 - Gloria Diaz of Philippines - She is the first titleholder of the three Filipino Miss Universe winners to date. She is legendary for her wit and natural humor especially in answering nerve-racking questions, which many believed to be her edge in winning the Miss Universe crown in 1969 defeating 50 other international beauty delegates in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. 

Shortly after her reign as Miss Universe ended, Diaz pursued an acting career in the Philippines, and for several decades now, she's been considered a brilliant actress within the world of Philippine cinema and television. She has starred in numerous movies as well as soap operas and has won quite a number of prestigious acting awards.

Diaz is now 65 years old and is happily residing in the Philippines. 

Margarita Moran - Miss Universe 1973 

4. Miss Universe 1973 - Margarita Moran of Philippines - Four years after the Philippines won its first Miss Universe crown, the country has captured its second win when Margarita Moran (the grand daughter of the Philippines' former President Manuel Roxas) was hailed as the winner during the 22nd edition of Miss Universe held in Athens, Greece. 

Two years after her reign, she married and managed to finish her Business Administration degree at Maryknoll College and Boston University, and took her masters at the University of London. Moran is also notable for her social and civic works especially for promoting peace and livelihood projects as part of the Mindanao Commission on Women Organization and recently as an ambassador-trustee of Habitat for Humanity Philippines. 

Her passion and experience as a dancer at the age of 18, prompt her to promote arts and culture with Southern Philippines Foundation for Arts, Culture and Ecology. She is now busy running the over-all operations of Ballet Philippines. 

Porntip Nakhirunkanok - Miss Universe 1988 

5. Miss Universe 1988 - Porntip Nakhirunkanok of Thailand - Porntip is the second and so far the last Thai woman to have won the Miss Universe crown in 1988. The 1988 pageant was notable for the fact that four of the top 5 finalists were Asians with Porntip as the winner, followed Korea, Mexico, Japan and Hongkong. Raised and educated in the USA, Porntip is fluent in the English language and her communication skills were commendable. She impressed the judges so much during the interview portion that she swept the competition, becoming the clear winner of the evening. 

Porntip is well known in Thailand for her charity work, especially her effort to help the victims of the 2004 Tsunami where she built 100 new homes, a fleet of boats and new schools. Her Charity is known as Angels Wings Foundation which aims to build and fund schools and orphanages as well as supply healthcare and other support for the underprivileged children in Thailand.

Sushmita Sen - Miss Universe 1994 

6. Miss Universe 1994 - Sushmita Sen of India - She made history as the first Indian woman who won Miss Universe since the pageant's inception. She wasn't the early favorite to win during her time, however when the final's night came, she impressed the judges with her elegant grace and stature and eventually outshone all her competitors with her wit and intelligence during the nerve-racking question-and-answer portion. She edged out 76 other delegates from around the world and was rightfully crowned the winner during the 1994 edition of Miss Universe held in Manila, Philippines. That same year, her fellow beauty queen Aishwarya Rai won Miss World 1994.

After she completed her reign, Sush as she's fondly called, went to pursue Bollywood and rose to stardom. 

Miss Universe 2000 - Lara Dutta 

7. Miss Universe 2000 - Lara Dutta of India - Barely 6 years after the victory of Sushmita Sen, another Indian beauty conquered the universe in the person of Lara Dutta and has only been the delegate from India to win the crown since. Before competing Miss Universe in 2000, Lara had her first taste of triumph in the world of pageantry overseas when she clinched the title of Miss Intercontinental in 1997, a minor international beauty pageant held annually. 

At Miss Universe 2000 in Cyprus, Lara achieved the highest score in the swimsuit competition and her finalist interview score was the highest individual score in any category in the history of the Miss Universe contest, as her interview saw a majority of the judges giving her the maximum 9.99 mark. In the same year, Priyanka Chopra and Dia Mirza won their respective Miss World and Miss Asia-Pacific titles which gave India a rare triple victory in beauty pageants. 

Riyo Mori - Miss Universe 2007 

8. Miss Universe 2007 - Riyo Mori of Japan - She is the second Japanese to win the title of Miss Universe after Akiko Kujima first clinched the title in 1959. In the last round during the competition, Riyo was asked by Elle magazine fashion director and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia to speak about the one lesson she learned as a child that still affects her life. Mori said that since childhood she has been dancing and hence she was constantly surrounded by students and teachers. Due to the interactions with them, she has learned to become always happy, patient and positive in her life. She also expressed her desire to teach these principles to the next generation. 

Riyo was the third Japanese to place in the top five at Miss Universe in the past decade. Miyako Miyazaki placed fourth runner-up at Miss Universe 2003 and Riyo's predecessor Kurara Chibana was first runner-up in 2006. Riyo aims to use her success and popularity as a springboard into humanitarian causes. "I think I have a samurai soul, I'm very patient, and I can serve others." 

Pia Wurtzbach - Miss Universe 2015 

9. Miss Universe 2015 - Pia Wurtzback of Philippines - She is the reigning Miss Universe and currently the third Filipina to be named Miss Universe, after a four-year consecutive top five finish of her predecessors since 2010. Her unconventional win became a world-wide trend when the host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Pia's first runner-up as the winner.

It was also that same year when three other Filipinas have also won their respective beauty pageants overseas which give the Philippines the rarest multiple victory in pageantry. Angelia Ong became the third Filipina to be crowned Miss Earth during the Miss Earth 2015 edition in Vienna Austria. Ann Colis bagged the Miss Globe 2015 crown in Canada while Leren Mae Bautista won the main title of Miss Tourism Queen of the Year 2015 in Malaysia. 

Pia is set to relinquish her crown in Manila, Philippines where the 65th edition of Miss Universe beauty pageant will be contested on January 29, 2017 (January 30 in Manila). Will there be an Asian domination again this time? Well, let's see. 

Friday, April 5, 2019

Olivia Jordan and Andrea Neu: Philippines' Lucky Charm?

Miss USA Olivia Jordan competed twice in Alpha pageants; Miss World 2013 and
Miss Universe 2015.

Misses USA: Olivia Jordan (left) and Andrea
Neu (right).
Did you know that when two American beauty queens competed twice in the major international beauty pageants, a Filipina always ended up victorious? 

Andrea Neu represented USA both in Miss International 2013 and Miss Earth 2014 in which the Philippines were proclaimed the winners. Bea Rose Santiago was crowned Miss International 2013 with Andrea Neu in the Top 15 Semi-Finalist. The following year, Andrea participated in the Miss Earth 2014 contest won by another Filipina beauty Jamie Herrell with Andrea nabbing the Miss Earth-Air 2014 title. 

The same can also be said with Olivia Jordan who competed both in Miss World and Miss Universe. Both editions have been won by the Philippines as well. Olivia was a Top 20 Semi-Finalist in Miss World 2013 where Megan Lynne Talde Young nudged the Philippines' first blue crown. Two years later, Olivia bannered the USA sash in the most eventful Miss Universe 2015 pageant where she ended a Second Runner-Up to the Philippines' bet Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

Miss USA Andrea Neu represented her country for two times in a row in the Alpha pageants - Miss International 2013 and Miss Earth 2014. 

Olivia Jordan and Andrea Neu are the only American beauty queens to date (along with Brucene Smith) who competed at two major international beauty pageants. It is also interesting to note that among the three, Olivia Jordan is the first woman to represent the United States at two of the world's largest and oldest international beauty pageants: Miss World and Miss Universe. 

So are these American beauties, the Philippines' lucky charm for the past two years in pageantry? Me thinks, they are! Along with our delegates' hardwork and determination as well as the Filipinos' passionate love and support to our beloved beauty queens. 

Philippines won all four crowns in the most prestigious beauty pageants in the world
in just a span of 2 years with a back-t0-back victory in Miss Earth 2015. God bless the

 Philippines! Mabuhay!

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows". James 1:17 (NIV)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Can You Guess The Top 5 Countries In Big 4 Alpha Pageants?

The Big 4 Alpha pageant winners in Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss International and Miss World

As recognised by the biggest names in the global mainstream media such as The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, CNN, Xinhua News Agency, Agence France-Presse and Reuters, the Big Four comprised of the four major international beauty pageants for women and they are none other than the Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss International and Miss World

These Big 4 Alpha pageants don't have to self-proclaim itself as a top pageant nor they speak ill of the other pageants that have long existed before them. They just simply let the world, the earth or the universe rather to recognise and praise them as the best and most prestigious beauty derbies. 

And among of the hundreds of countries which take part in the Big 4 Alpha pageants annually, there are 5 of them which stood out exceedingly and have managed to achieve the highest number of wins. 

Let's begin with Puerto Rico in the 5th Place. 

5. Puerto Rico - 9 Crowns, 11 Runners-Up

Puerto Rico's latest victors in Big 4 Alpha pageants. 

Puerto Rico might be one of the smallest territories in the world but this Caribbean archipelago certainly boasts an impressive 5 Miss Universe wins apart from Miss International and Miss World in which they have scored 2 victories each. They have yet to win however a Miss Earth crown to complete their Big 4 Alpha titles. 

Puerto Rico only needs one more Alpha crown to knock-out India in the fourth place. 

4. India - 9 Crowns, 15 Runners-Up

India's latest victors in Big 4 Alpha pageants.  

India is the only country so far to have won both the Miss Universe and the Miss World title in a single year and it happened not only once, but twice! (1994 and 2000).

India also ties up with Venezuela with the most number of wins in Miss World with a total of 6 crowns. Unfortunately though, India has yet to produce a Miss International winner to compete their Big 4 Alpha Queens. 

3. USA - 14 Crowns, 59 Runners-Up

USA's most recent Big 4 Alpa Queens. 

Who can beat USA's 8 Miss Universe crowns? MU's country of birth and where the pageant is based at has amassed the highest number of wins in the most prestigious beauty derby. It has also managed to win 3 Miss International and 3 Miss World titles respectively. 

It is only a matter of one Alpha victory to dislodge the Philippines in the second place. If they can win Miss Earth soon, then they would as well complete their set of Big 4 victories.

2. Philippines - 15 Crowns, 22 Runners-Up

Philippines' beautiful victors in Big 4 Alpha pageants. 

The Pearl of the Orient Seas currently holds the record as the country with the longest winning streak in the Big 4 Alpha pageants. The Philippines has been winning at least one Alpha crown year after year since 2013. 

Along with Venezuela, the Philippines was also able to complete the Big 4 Alpha crowns with multiple wins in at least a single year. It has won both Miss World and Miss International in 2013 as well as Miss Universe and Miss Earth in 2015. 

1. Venezuela - 23 Crowns, 45 Runners-Up

Venezuela's latest victors in Big 4 Alpha pageants. 

Venezuela is the undisputed powerhouse in pageantry with an amazing 23 Alpha crowns as of this writing! 

The beauty superpower has 8 Miss International titleholders, 7 Miss Universe victors, 6 Miss World and 2 Miss Earth titles!

The Philippines or the USA needs 9 more Alpha wins to kick out Venezuela in its current lead which is quite an impossible feat to achieve in just the shortest period of time. 

It is noteworthy mentioning that Venezuela, Philippines and India are legendary with their back-t0-back victories in the Big 4 Alpha pageants. 

Rounding up the Top 10 are as follows:

6. Australia - 7 Crowns and 25 Runners-Up 

7. Great Britain - 7 Crowns and 20 Runners-Up

8. Brazil - 6 Crowns and 35 Runners-Up

9. Sweden - 6 Crowns and 14 Runners-Up

10. Colombia - 5 Crowns and 27 Runners-Up 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Meet The Big 4 Alpha Pageant Queens of 2018

The 2018 Big 4 Alpha Pageant Queens: Catriona Gray (Miss Universe), Phuong Khanh (Miss Earth), Mariem Velazco (Miss International) and Vanessa Ponce (Miss World) 

This year's Big 4 winners are equally dominated by Asians and the Latinas. Catriona Gray of the Philippines and Phuong Khanh of Vietnam are the reigning queens of Miss Universe and Miss Earth who are both representing Asia while Mariem Velazco of Venezuela and Vanessa Ponce of Mexico are the Latina victors of Miss International and Miss World respectively. 

Don't get confused. There are only four major international beauty pageants recognized by the mainstream media. And they are Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss International and Miss World, first dubbed as Big 4 by the largest pageant website Missosology and coined as Alpha pageants by Sash Factor. These four pageants are the most highly participated beauty derbies with its own national pageant franchises worldwide, televised by renowned tv channels in different countries and not only broadcasted through Facebook and Youtube. Miss Universe and Miss Earth finale nights are both shown in FOX Life, a cable tv channel with a global audience.

Apart from its mainstream media partners and the number of participating delegates, the Big 4 pageants have each own distinct advocacies that anchor their respective organisations. Miss Universe is championing for HIV awareness, Miss Earth is advocating for the preservation of the environment while Miss International is promoting for cultural understanding and Miss World for children's education and welfare. 

But among the four Alpha pageants, it is only Miss World which has no reputable licensed auditing firm that tabulate the delegates' scores given by the judges. Miss Universe and Miss Earth have both the highly respected Ernst and Young. Results can be easily manipulated and rigged without a third-party auditing firm. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Philippines Wins First Miss Intercontinental Crown

After the fourth glorious victory of the Philippines in the recently-concluded Miss Universe 2018 courtesy of Catriona Gray, another Pinay-Aussie stunner bagged an international pageant crown just last night. And she's none other than Karen Juanita Gallman.

Karen who is Catriona's Binibini batchmate bested more than 80 beauties from around the world and went on clinching the Philippines' first ever Miss Intercontinental crown and title in its 47th-year history edition.

Philippines had an excellent track record in Miss Intercontinental during the last 5 years but it is only now that it had finally won the crown. Christi McGarry and Katarina Rodriguez almost succeeded in bringing home the crown when they both finished as First Runner-up in 2015 and 2017. While strong contenders Kris Janson and Koreen Medina achieved Second and Third Runner-up honors in 2013 and 2014 respectively. 

It is interesting to note that the year 2018 saw three Filipinas winning international beauty pageant titles. Catriona Gray was crowned Miss Universe which we all know is the superbowl of all pageants while Sharifa Akeel and Karen Gallman won the 2018 editions of second-tier pageants - Miss Asia Pacific and Miss Intercontinental. 

Miss Intercontinental 2018 was hosted by a Japanese organization with the pageant staged at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines. 

Watch Karen Gallman's overall Miss Intercotinental performance. Video courtesy of Beauty Pageant Powerhouse Philippines.

All photos courtesy of Binibining Pilipinas. 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Predictions: Who Will Win Miss Universe 2018?

The coronation night of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the universe will be happening in the kingdom of Bangkok, Thailand three days from now (December 17, Monday, 8am Manila time). After the preliminary competition staged last night and considering their respective communication skills in the close-door interview, background stories, intelligence and advocacies, here are my Top 20 picks: 

20. Great Britain
19. Denmark
18. Belgium
17. Cambodia
16. Russia
15. Thailand
14. Vietnam
13. Albania
12. Kenya
11. Ecuador
10. Venezuela
9. Puerto Rico
8. India
7. Curacao
6. Namibia
5. Mexico
4. Nigeria
3. South Africa
2. Canada
1. Philippines

Catriona Gray of the Philippines is my predicted winner. She's the one to beat even before the actual pageant has started and she successfully lived up to the hype and expectations of many pageant fans. Catriona is definitely in a league of her own and she is by far the most formidable beauty candidate in any major pageants that I have seen in many years. No one comes close. 

If she will be crowned Miss Universe 2018, we can expect that she will take Miss Universe to a whole new level and with her skills and brilliance, she will be the organisation's greatest weapon not only in catapulting its status as the most revered and loved beauty pageant in the universe but also in spearheading its charitable causes and missions. I can see a very successful and productive reign as Catriona takes the helm as IMG's queen. The return of investment will be incredible!

The only thing that may prevent her from winning is when there will be internal politics as well as if the rumoured 'continental crowning' will be pushed through by IMG for the sake of distributing the crowns and victories in different continents and countries. But I hope that the MUO and IMG will crown the girl who rightfully deserves the title and the one who shines the brightest in the finale regardless of the country that she represents. Otherwise, their credibility will be put into question and they will lose a lot of following. 

Aside from the Top 20 mentioned above, other girls who might surprise us in the coronation night will be the delegates from Jamaica, Nepal, Malaysia, Japan, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic and Spain being the first transgender. Spain will surely make headlines if ever she makes the cut and we know how IMG craves media mileage. 

The El Tocuyo awardees might be the girls from the USA, Colombia and Australia. El Tocuyo is the term coined for those girls perceived as front-runners in the competition with strong sash factors but because of their rude 'behaviour' during the competition, they are left out in the semi-final cut and ended up clapping in the background. El Tocuyo is a city in Venezuela, represented by Mariam Habach when she competed in Miss Universe 2016. 

USA's Sarah Rose Summers is all over the news for her condescending gestures and rude remarks about Cambodia and Vietnam's inability to speak the English language fluently. And this happened during their Facebook 'Live' for their fans. You can check the instagram of diet prada, a renowned fashion site for the said video. It has also been reported in major international news outlets worldwide. 

All photos courtesy of Miss Universe. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Miss Earth 2018 Graces Harper's Bazaar VN

You will know that an international pageant is a major one when its queen graces the glossy cover of a world-renowned fashion magazine. Such is the case of the reigning Miss Earth 2018 Phuong Khanh who will be the featured VIP in the Christmas edition of Harper's Bazaar VN. 

The Miss Earth Organization has chosen a rightful ambassadress for its causes. Phuong Khanh is not only well-spoken and dedicated to further MEO's environmental advocacies, she also has that universal beauty and charm that can attract people and even the elite, legit sponsors who would be willing to invest for the Miss Earth brand. 

Indeed, 'beauty' is such an essential, strong component that a pageant queen should have to make the brand more successful and popular in a positive way. So aside from a year-long reign of international travels, expect an influx of endorsements and offers with an Alpha beauty queen like Phuong Khanh at the helm. 

*All photos courtesy from Harper's Bazaar VN.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Miss Universe 2018 Pre-Arrival Top 16 Favorites

Miss Universe 2018 Pre-arrival Top 16 favorites. Photos 
from Miss Universe. 

It's Miss Universe season! Let's get to know the current top favorites before their expected arrival next week in Bangkok, Thailand. 

12. Thailand. Sophida Kanchanarin. I understand why she doesn't have the kind of support from the avid Thai fans which Maria and Chalita had during their years. Sophida wasn't the favorite to win in the national finals. But considering the fact that she's well-educated in the USA with honors, she might be conversant enough to excel in the interviews and continue Thailand's placement streak since 2015.

11. Mexico. Andrea Toscano. She has this Alta kind of beauty -  classic and expensive yet quite delicate. Mexico hasn't been so great in penetrating the Top 5 since their win in 2010. Can they make it this year with Andrea? 

10. Vietnam. H'Hen Nie. She has an interesting story to tell to the world being a maid to becoming a popular model and a beauty queen that she is now. What I am worried though is the preliminary interview. Is she well-spoken enough to secure a spot in the finals? 

9. Malta. Francesca Mifsud. I like her profile photo. An exotic, Mulatta beauty who exudes elegance with a dramatic flair of confidence. I am hoping she is this gorgeous in the actual competition. Francesca is currently taking a Masters in Law with the goal of becoming a Criminal Prosecutor. 

8. USA. Sarah Rose Summers. A Cum laude graduate with two separate degrees. What actually makes her a standout isn't about her physical beauty nor her excellent academic record. She has this vibrant, sunny personality which can be her edge to charm the judges.  

7. India. Nehal Chudasama. India hasn't been a major contender in the last few years in Miss Universe however with Nehal's arrival, things might be different. She might put an end with India's non-placement in the most prestigious beauty derby. 

6. Venezuela. Sthefany Gutierrez. I am not quite feeling her at the moment but we just could not be complacent in a pageant especially from a girl coming from Venezuela. I am sure her mentors had prepared her well with the necessary goods to secure Venezuela's 8th Miss Universe win. 

5. Lebanon. Maria Reaidy is a pharmacy student who can speak four languages - French, Russian, Arabic and English. She is actually the prettiest Lebanese to date being sent in the Miss Universe stage and if indeed, she is well-trained, Maria can definitely give her competitors a run for their money. 

4. Colombia. Valeria Morales. The Colombian beauties were able to figure out well in the Top 3 since 2014 and Valeria has the innate qualities to continue the feat and even succeed. Will she finally snatch their country's third MU crown? 

3. South Africa. Tamaryn Green is a medical student. She is actually stronger than her predecessor who is also the reigning Miss Universe in terms of physical beauty, stature and resume. Although it's a near-insurmountable task, who knows she might end up duplicating the Venezuelan back-to-back feat in 2008 and 2009? 

2. Canada. Marta Magdalena Stepien. A mixed-race, multilingual Canadian who is taking a degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology with a current gpa of 3.96. Aside from her impressive scholastic background, this gorgeous beauty is coming strong with her commendable stage presence. 

1. Philippines. Catriona Elisa Gray. She is presently the girl to beat in the competition. Cat as she's fondly called by her fans has all the qualities Miss Universe is looking for in a winner. A pageant genius that she is, Cat is expected to exceed expectations with tons of surprises up her sleeves in the upcoming events leading to the coronation finale. IMG and MUO could never go wrong with a Catriona Gray!

Rounding up the Top 16 spots are Angola, Ecuador, Curacao and Costa Rica. 

Let's see if these contenders can sustain the momentum in the actual competition. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Homecoming Fit for a Queen

Miss Earth 2018 Phuong Khanh of Vietnam

A throng of Vietnamese supporters and media personnel welcome their
newly-crowned Queen. 

A happy Miss Earth Queen arrives in her
The newly-crowned Miss Earth 2018 Phuong Khanh was swamped with a welcoming throng of supporters and media personnel as she arrived in Vietnam earlier this afternoon, fresh from her victorious month-long stint in the successful edition of Miss Earth pageant held in Manila Philippines. 

The Vietnamese beauty queen is glowing and conspicuously unperturbed amidst the controversies that rocked the pageant these past few days. The said controversies made her win even more popular as it catches a mileage of publicity worldwide. 

Phuong is the very first Vietnamese who was able to clinch an Alpha crown from one of the three elite major pageants. She is scheduled to have her Press Conference tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 PM (VN time) at the White Palace Convention Center. 

A whole-year round of international travels and environment-related public appearances await the new Miss Earth queen. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Miss Earth Should File a Legal Case Against its Slanderers.

Miss Earth Canada 2018 Jaime Yvonne Vandenburg and Miss Earth England 2018
Abbey Anne-Gyles Brown. Photo courtesy from Miss Earth. 

With the recent rants of Miss Earth Canada Jaime Yvonne Vandenberg and England's Abbey Anne-Gyles Brown in social media with their allegations of sexual harassment, it seems that they're putting all the blame on Miss Earth Organization and Carousel for all the unfortunate situations that they had allegedly experienced while in the competition of the recently-concluded Miss Earth 2018. 

It was very unfair for the Miss Earth Organization to receive all the bashing and the blame when in fact it should have been Amado Cruz, the alleged function sponsor who should be made to answer and be grilled for his purported indecent proposals, allegedly asking sexual favours from Misses Canada, England and Guam. 

The Miss Earth Organization has clearly stated (read Miss Earth's Official Statement) that they are ready to support the two in any action they may have wished to take against the individual who offended them. But instead of coordinating with the Miss Earth Organization for legal actions, Jamie Vandenberg and Abbey Brown had chosen to rant in the social media and worst disparage the organization who have taken care of them and the other 86 delegates for their month-long stay in the Philippines. It appears that they're bitter with the fact that they are pageant losers and clappers and had opted to deprecate the pageant to cover up their losses. With their libellous claims, it also appears that those ladies who made it as finalists and eventually won had accepted sexual favours from sponsors in exchange for the crown. 

The Miss Earth Organization should file legal charges against the slanderers Jaime Vandenberg and Abbey Brown for defaming them. Along with the alleged sexual predator, the two should also be made liable for all their claims and allegations. This is important so the organization can finally make and set things straight and clear out their name. If the organization will let this thing pass, more and more girls like them could easily tarnish the organization's hard-earned reputation in the next Miss Earth editions. People can just easily make stories against the organization to discredit and destroy what they have built in decades. Emotionally-weak girls joining the Miss Earth pageant in the future who don't have the capacity and the ability to hurdle the pageant's energy-depleting challenges and mentally-straining obstacles could easily throw mud and dirt against the organizers when the results seem not to favor them.

While sexual harassment in any form shouldn't be condoned and tolerated, it is important to tell only the 'truths'. It is downright disrespectful to spread rumors about other people and the organization especially when the apparent 'facts' claimed are indeed very far from the actual truth.