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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 27, 2020



WE WONDER what Mrs. Stella Marquez-Araneta, former Miss Universe franchise holder for Bb. Pilipinas Charities, feels now that the first Miss Universe Philippines, handled by her former pageant winner Shamcey Supsup-Lee, is facing a lot of controversies?

This after Miss Taguig Sandra Lemonon turned out to be a sore loser and threatened to expose anomalies in the recent pageant held in Baguio. She wrote that “Karma is real and we deserve justice”. 

She even had a message to the winner Miss Iloilo Rabiya Mateo: “REAL QUEENS play fair, DON’T CHEAT.”

Even the host of the pageant, KC Montero, was not spared and he is being bashed by some viewers for allegedly being “bastos” or rude to Miss Bohol when he was interviewing her. He was called an “insensitive host”, “an awkward host” and “a big liar”, although Miss Bohol herself already defended him.

Shamcey as national director and the Miss U board of directors came out with a statement about the controversy: “As of this time, we are standing by Rabiya Mateo as the first winner of Miss Universe Philippines. 

"We are also grateful to our sponsors, stakehol­ders and supporters who sustained us throughout the holding of the first edition of Miss U PH franchise, amid the limitations of the pandemic.”

Miss Iloilo, who’s accused of being informed beforehand what the question for her is in the Q&A portion, declared in a TV interview: 

“They’re questioning my capability as a person, as a candidate… But I know that I did everything and anything that I could during that night, and ibinigay ko talaga. 

"And ‘yung mga nagsasabi na the question was given to me that’s why I answered that way, it wasn’t given po sa akin. I did everything that I could because I want to make Iloilo City proud.”

Rabiya’s detractors now also say she is a “retokada”. They posted her old high school pictures to show how different she looks, then and now. 

They also say that she brought her own glam team and make up artist to the pageant when this is not supposed to be allowed. So far, she has not answered these accusations.

As for Miss Taguig, it looks like she’s just a bag of wind who’s full of threats but actually empty inside. She said she will tell the truth “tomorrow” but her tomorrow never came and she’s silent up to now.  

In a way, Shamcey maybe should also be thankful as her very first edition of the pageant is really being talked about. Now, people are truly aware that it’s no longer being handled by Bb. Pilipinas and she is the new franchise holder. 

The only catch is we’re not even sure if there would really be a Miss Universe pageant this year. 2020 is now about to end but still now word at all from the organizers abroad as to when and where it would be held. Rabiyah might turn out to be a winner with no Miss Universe pageant to join.