4.29.2020

Miss Philippines Earth 2020 Readies Virtual Presentation Due To Coronavirus




REIGNING MISS PHILIPPINES EARTH JANELLE TEE


It’s all systems go for the Miss Philippines-Earth 2020 beauty pageant as it prepares for a virtual presentation tentatively on May 24.

With no cheering live fans and less spectacle, the environment-driven beauty contest will be aired on ABS-CBN and on the social media platform of the pageant.

“We are now preparing for a virtual presentation of MPE 2020 that will be aired on ABS CBN and in our social media account. Our tentative date is May 24, 2020,” said Lorraine Schuck, Executive Vice President, Carousel Productions, organizer of the annual pageant, during an exclusive interview on Sunday.
Reigning Miss Philippines Earth television host Janelle Lazo Tee will crown her successor at the end of the show. Other details of the pageant’s virtual presentation will be revealed in the coming days, she said.
Should MPE pushes its pageant plans next month, this would be the first time that a national beauty pageant would be presented on virtual reality.
Schuck admitted that the MPE preparations for this year have been greatly affected by the pandemic, considering that they have prepared early for the pageant. As early as December 2019, MPE already announced the staging of 2020 pageant. Later, organizers opened the screening of its official candidates.
“COVID19 prevented our preparations for below the line events and a pageantry, an elaborate presentation for the coronation night the normal way, but it did not stop Miss Earth from promoting its main cause — awareness on environmental issues,” she said.
Schuck also thanked the media for helping the MPE promote environmental causes.
The former beauty queen believed that it would still be very difficult to stage public shows until next year due to worldwide health crisis.
“I agree we cannot do pageants this year or maybe even next year because we may not be allowed to congregate until we all get the vaccine,” Schuck said.
The winner of the 20th MPE 2020 will represent the Philippines in the international edition of the competition.
Schuck, whose group also organizes the annual Miss Earth contest, said that they have not yet discussed plans for the Miss Earth contest, one of five prestigious pageants in the world.
She also said that the MPE is holding a series of Facebook forum featuring MPE winners and candidates on environmental issues and their uses to fight COVID-19.

Source: Manila Bulletin, April 27, 2020

4.25.2020

CB Director Rafa Delfin: My Top 15 Favorites For Binibining Pilipinas 2020


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4.10.2020

Miss World CEO Julia Morley Has COVID-19 After All


     Two weeks ago, the Miss World Organization (MWO) denied on its official Instagram account that MWO CEO Julia Morley had contracted the Coronavirus (COVID-19), indicating that it is "not true" and that Morley "is well and is working at her office in London." The pageant world was relieved that Morley, who is 80 and belongs to a group considered most vulnerable to the virus, had not been contaminated.




     However, two days ago, Miss World license holders (national directors) received an e-mail from Morley herself stating that she is "just getting over Corona Virus myself" and that she is "glad to be back on my feet again." A partial screenshot of the e-mail was posted by the anonymous author of the Facebook page, "Exposing Miss World Contest."  Her statement clearly contradicts the announcement on Instagram. Why the cover up? Did Morley fear economic loss if her license holders renounced their licenses? Did she fear becoming a social pariah? What exactly did she have to gain by hiding and denying her condition? After all, her pageant has never been completely transparent.



     Well, whatever her real reasons are to hide her COVID-19 status, we are relieved to learn that she is on her road to full recovery.

4.02.2020

Former Miss Earth Olga Alava Tested Positive For Coronavirus




Olga Alava, Miss Earth 2011 from Ecuador, posted on her Instagram account on April 1 that she has tested positive for the Coronavirus.  She wrote (translation to English from Spanish) "Today my test resulted positive and I would like to share a few things with you. My best advice: don't wait until you have severe symptoms to ask for help. In time, everything will be much easier. Stay at home and take care of yourself. Wishing you strenght and have faith everyone!"  


Alava is the first titleholder of a major pageant to be contracted the deadly virus. Her compatriot, the current Miss Ecuador Cristina Hidalgo, also announced a few days ago that she has the virus. Likewise, the co-hosts of Ecuavisa, Samantha Mora and Gretta Cordova, have been affected by the virus, according to Ecuadorian news outlet, Expreso (4/1/2020).


The official Miss Earth Instagram account confirmed the story. We wish Olga a quick recovery from the virus and we strongly urge everyone to stay at home and observe the guidelines on social distancing.