Amidst my Holy Week reflection blogs, I need to make space for this item because it is big news in the local pageant scene. Recently-crowned Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Maria Venus Raj has been dethroned and will now be replaced by 2nd Runner-Up Helen Nicolette Henson. Whew! This is indeed a sad development, especially for the battalion of Venus fans and supporters around the country. Here is the official press statement of Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) on the matter:
Don’t ask me why the 2nd Runner-Up became Venus’ replacement because I have no idea why. Suffice it to say that BPCI must have a perfectly good reason for making this decision. (P.S. Now I know the reason…it’s because 1st Runner-Up Dianne Necio is only 17 and Miss Universe contestants are required to be at least 18 years old by the time of the pageant.)
“Today, March 29, 2010, Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc., (BPCI) decided, with a heavy heart to let Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2010 Ma. Venus Raj go, after the organization discovered inconsistencies contained in her birth records, in contrast to her personal accounts of her birth.”
Time to move on. Nicolette may not be my personal bet for the title, but let’s support her nonetheless.