At its annual meeting held this week in Puerto Rico, the ABPFH members signed a memorandum of agreement banning the top three countries on the list from participating in any of the big four pageants in 2015 and 2016.
“We wanted to give other countries a better chance to improve their standing in the beauty pageants,” a spokesperson for ABPFH told reporters.
The top three countries who will not be participating in the pageants for the next two years are Venezuela, the United States and the Philippines.
Venezuela tops the list with 21 crowns and 40 runners-up. The U.S. has 14 crowns and 55 runners-up, while the Philippines has 10 crowns and 21 runners-up.
ABPFH said that the three countries can again send representatives to the pageants beginning in 2017.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The Philippines holds the distinction of being in an elite circle of nations that have won all of the major international beauty pageants — from Miss Universe to Miss International to Miss World. And then some.
Beauty contests are a national preoccupation in the Philippines. Every Barangay (neighborhood political unit), town fiesta, school or university, government agency and private company in the country has its own beauty queen. Not to mention each Rotary Club, Lions Club, and Jaycees Club. Even the Catholic Church has its own queen, Reyna Elena, during the annual May cultural-religious festival pageant — the Santacruzan.
Last night, yet another beauty queen was crowned — Miss Aviation, 17-year-old Cleo Margaret Brown — whose first job is to represent the Aviation community at this week’s Hot Air Balloon Festival in what used to be the U.S. Clark Air Force Base north of Manila.
Today, Ramon Buenafe, the new general manager for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), Metro Manila’s controversial and problem-plagued mass transport system, announced yet a new beauty pageant.
The search is on for Miss MRT whose primary responsibility is to flash a beautiful smile and wave to the hordes of MRT passengers who have to fall in (long) lines to get to the crowded trains, especially during heavy commute hours.
Buenafe hopes that his novel idea will help ease the anger and frustration coming from passengers who were slapped with a fare hike early this year despite escalating concerns of overcrowding and safety within the train system.
Tokyo, Japan – First, the good news: Bea Rose Santiago has won yet another beauty pageant crown for the Philippines. She bagged the 2013 Miss International Pageant title last night in Tokyo. The bad news: the ban on the Philippines from participating in international beauty pageants for the next two years has been re-imposed!
Earlier, The Adobo Chronicles reported that the Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH) had disqualified the Philippines from international beauty pageants because of the extraordinary performance of its candidates this year: winning the crowns for Miss World and Miss Supranational, 3rd runner-up in Miss Universe, and consistent top 5 finish in most other beauty contests. Then, it reversed the ban after a disappointing finish for the Philippines’ bet in the Miss Earth pageant.
With Santiago’s victory, the Philippines has set another record of winning not one or two, but three major beauty titles in one year. Only two other countries have won the crown for all the major international beauty pageants – Brazil and Venezuela.
In re-imposing the ban, the ABPFH admitted that it spoke too soon when it lifted the Philippines’ earlier disqualification. “We should have waited for the results of Miss International 2013,” the association said.