After all the exchange of explanations and justifications and corrections and what-have-you between Nawat Itsaragrisil and Anea Garcia about the reasons behind the latter “stepping down” as Miss Grand International 2015 and the organizer’s defense of the decision to let her go (I’m too tired to read everything now), I would rather feature the recent crowning of Claire Elizabeth Parker of Australia as the new reigning titleholder and will effectively assume all the still-unfinished duties that the crown requires.
Honestly, I am happy with Claire’s ascent because she deserved to have won last year instead of Anea. It’s just that the Thais (or Nawat and his team for that matter) were so quickly enamored by the statuesque presence and dramatic moments onstage (and the fact that she holds a US passport – I was told – even if I still could not clearly fathom the logic behind the alleged preference) of the latter.
Regardless of what people will say about Miss Grand International, it still is recognized by many pageant directors (even our own BPCI).
Now the question running inside my head is this – will Bb. Pilipinas crown a Miss Grand Philippines 2016 or will a potential appointment for one of the runners-up be the case for this edition?