MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – An elite group of Filipina women has asked the Miss Universe Organization to cancel the January 2017 beauty pageant scheduled to be held in the Philippines.
The letter signed by more than 150 individuals (as of press time) claims that the current political atmosphere in the country is not conducive to holding a prestigious international beauty contest like Miss Universe.
The co-signers of the letter-petition are the very same people who celebrated the crowning less than a year ago of Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the reigning Miss Universe who is from the Philippines. It is rumored that majority of them were first runners-up or “thank you girls” in various local beauty pageants.
All of the netizen comments on the Facebook page which posted the letter to the Miss Universe Organization were critical of the group and accused the co-signers of having the so-called crab mentality, referring to people who want to denigrate and pull down their own group or country.
Some netizens questioned the group if they would discourage their own relatives from visiting the Philippines as balikbayans or encourage women-owned businesses in the country to take their companies elsewhere.
Ironically, the petitioners are quiet about another international beauty pageant, Miss Earth, which will be held in the Philippines this month.
That’s right, pick and choose.