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BEAUTY PAGEANT BAN FOR PHILIPPINES LIFTED

Newly-crowned 2013 Miss Earth, Alyz Henrich of Venezuela (Photo credit: Rappler.com)
Newly-crowned 2013 Miss Earth, Alyz Henrich of Venezuela (Photo credit: Rappler.com)

Muntinlupa City, Philippines  (EXCLUSIVE to The Adobo Chronicles) – Last month, The Adobo Chronicles broke the story about the decision by the Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH) to disqualify the Philippines from international beauty pageants in the next two years, along with Venezuela and Brazil.  The decision was based on the  extraordinary record of the three countries in winning the titles of the major beauty pageants and for consistently making it to the top 5 in the pageant finals.  Close to three million netizens took to Facebook and Twitter to protest that decision, but the ABPFH did not budge.

Yesterday, however, the ABPFH announced that it has lifted the ban for both the Philippines and Brazil after winners of the 2013 Miss Earth Beauty Pageant held in the Philippines were named.  Miss Venezuela, Alyz Henrich, won the title. Miss Brazil didn’t make it to the top 16.  Although Miss Philippines Angelee de los Reyes was among the 8 finalists, ABPFH said it wasn’t good enough to maintain the Philippines’ winning streak of always being in the top 5.

Venezuela, Brazil and the Philippines hold the record of having won the title for all the major international beauty pageants. Venezuela  added another feather to its cap when it won the 2013 Mr. International Pageant held in Jakarata, Indonesia last month.

It remains to be seen whether Filipino netizens will praise the ABPFH decision to lift the ban for the Philippines or criticize it for dismissing and devaluing  the “top 8” performance of Miss Philippines.

VENEZUELA, BRAZIL NOW ALSO BANNED FROM BEAUTY CONTESTS

2013 Mister International, Venezuela's Jose Anmer Paredes
2013 Mister International, Venezuela’s Jose Anmer Paredes

Jakarta, Indonesia –  Ah, the power of social media! Less than a week after the Philippines was disqualified from beauty pageants for the next two years, the Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH), voted today to add Venezuela and Brazil to the list.

Millions of netizens took to the Internet to protest ABPFH’s earlier ruling singling out the Philippines from among many other countries which have also done well in beauty pageants over the years.

Aside from the Philippines, Venezuela and Brazil have also succeeded in winning the crown for the “big four” international beauty pageants, Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth.

Venezuela  has won 7 Miss Universe titles, 6 Miss World titles and 6 Miss International titles. It won the Miss Earth title in 2005. The first country to win all four pageants was Brazil when it won Miss Earth in 2004.

The ABPFH, however, denied that it caved in to pressure from netizens. It said its decision was based upon Venezuela’s  and Brazil’s recent victories in the 2013 Mister International Contest held last week in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Venezuelan Jose Anmer Paredes was crowned the winner, while Jhonatan Marko of Brazil was 2nd runner-up.  The Philippines’ Gil Wagas placed 5th.

ABPFH also clarified that the ban will not take effect until after this year’s Miss International Pageant which will take place on December 17 in Tokyo, Japan.