Screencap of the informal statement from Giuseppe Borillo of Miss Progress International
Owing to the lack of an official statement from the local franchise holders for Miss Progress International, Giuseppe Borillo of the international organization stated that the real reason behind the no-go of Julian Aurine Flores to Puglia, Italy is that she was denied issuance of an Italian visa and not about the lack of budget for return airfare. Of course, I am posting the screencap above since everything is still alleged without full disclosure from the ones who are really in-charge of fixing all of our rep’s travel documents.
I know that doing liaison work with the different European embassies can be a test of patience. But the answer is already there. Patience. Nothing can be handed on a silver plate based on just an endorsement letter. Important documents need to be attached as support. I should know because a very good friend co-owns a travel agency booking land arrangements for multiple-country coach tours in Europe and the Mediterranean.
I’m just disappointed that what allegedly happened to Janicel Lubina and her visa application with the Egyptian Embassy (for Top Model of the World 2014) was allegedly experienced by Julian with the Italian Embassy as well. Tsk tsk tsk.
Top Model of the World-Philippines 2014 Janicel Lubina won't be going to Egypt after all (Photo credit: FabPhilippines)
The competition is already in full swing by now.
And Top Model of the World Philippines 2014 Janicel Lubina won’t be competing in El Ghouna, Red Sea, Egypt for Top Model of the World 2014.
After a hyped send-off – parts of which were even shown on the news – it appears that someone may have failed to do their designated homeworks on time. No need to point fingers at anyone in particular, but the organizers of the local competition (the same people behind the Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines) should shoulder a good chunk of the blame for not foreseeing the complexities of applying for a travel visa to Egypt. It is possible that whoever was in-charge of securing the required stamp on the passport thought that everything will be smooth-sailing based on the established reason for travel to El Ghouna.
But as further details unfurled, it seems that the scenario is more multi-layered. And as of the latest update, there is now a credible kidnapping threat on our representative due to “escalating violence” in the host country and allegedly, the Philippines’ connection to the USA. A travel ban was issued by the DFA – together with the Egyptian Embassy – to avoid unnecessary incidents that could be life-threatening to our candidate. While some other quarters claim that the ban has long been lifted, Janicel was still denied issuance of a visa. Tsk Tsk Tsk.
Everything is now late. The pre-final competition proper has already started in the host city and any attempts to send a candidate will only be futile.
I sympathize with Janicel. The girl was in high spirits prior to everything that has transpired these past few days.
Could something have been done differently to avoid the above from happening? Or as the supporters of our supposed bet claim, some sort of a ‘sabotage’ was planned to prevent her from going to Egypt? Pre-arrival hype on Miss Philippines was already going strong until this.
This blog is open to an official statement, more updates and clarifications from those who can shed light on the whole controversy.
After Miss Scuba International, Janicel Lubina will now represent the Philippines in Top Model of the World 2014 in Egypt.
Who’s going to El Gouna in Egypt’s Red Sea to represent the Philippines in Top Model of the World 2014? Janicel Lubina, that’s who. The Palawan girl is going places despite not being able to take part in Bb. Pilipinas 2014. I have not been able to confirm yet if this international assignment is courtesy of her placement in Miss World Philippines 2013 or as the reigning Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines. Regardless, she will not have any conflicts in crowning her successor for the latter competition in May. She will be leaving for Egypt by March 27 and should be back in the country by the second week of April or so.
Of course, if she wins in El Gouna, that would be an entirely different story.
Good luck, Janicel! Do us proud! 🙂