Three Miss Philippines Earth 2022 candidates “heartbroken” over sudden disqualification due to height

Hindi akalain ng tatlong kandidata ng Miss Philippines Earth 2022 na hindi pala sila aabot sa coronation night sa Coron, Palawan sa August 6, 2022.

Kabilang dito sina Angela Okol ng Surigao, Cess Cruz ng Antipolo, at Renee Sta. Teresa ng Batangas

Sa hindi inaasahang pangyayari, bigla silang disqualified sa pageant dahil hindi sila pasok sa five-foot-four height requirement.

Inanunsiyo ito ng pageant organizers noong umaga ng Huwebes, July 14, 2022.

Ikinalungkot nina Angela, Cess, at Renee ang anila’y unexpected development na ito.

Read: Ang mga kontrobersiya at mga lalaking naiugnay noon kay Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi

ANGELA OKOL ON THE UNFORTUNATE NEWS

Ayon kay Angela, nakaramdam siya ng panghihinayang dahil nitong malapit na ang kompetisyon ay saka lamang niya nalamang mayroon palang height requirement.

“Many have been sending messages and well wishes regarding the Top 20 announcement for Miss Philippines Earth tomorrow.

“However, I, unfortunately, have to tell you all that I will no longer be able to push through with this journey.

“My family, team, and I have worked hard to build up all the materials and requirements for this pageant since earlier this year.

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“However, we seem to have forgotten about one factor- my height. I was told that my height does not fit their pageant’s standards and that their organization would get bashed if they let someone below 5’4 push through the Top 20, hence, being grounds for disqualification.

“Had we been measured earlier on and that this was the case, it would have been much easier to figure out what to do since we’ve already prepared all that was sent as requirements for both our online and face-to-face competition.”

Sa kabila nito ay wala raw siyang sama ng loob sa Miss Philippines Earth organization.

“Nevertheless, I hold nothing against Miss Philippines Earth’s environmental advocacies and queens, and I am still grateful for the opportunity given to me.

“To all the Surigaonons and my supporters, this is not the end. After all, when one door closes, another one opens—Salamat karajaw sa ijo suporta.”

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Si Angela ay nirepresenta rin ang Surigao sa Miss Universe Philippines 2021.

CESS CRUZ “STILL AT A LOSS FOR WORDS”

Nagulat naman si Cess nang hindi siya umabot ng 5’4″ nang sukatin ang kanyang height.

“To my fellow Antipoleños, my family, friends, loved ones, and supporters. I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the support and encouragement in my journey.

“Unfortunately, I will no longer be competing in this year’s Miss Philippines Earth due to not meeting the height requirements.

“I discovered this morning that I am measured 5’3.5” when the minimum height requirement starts at 5’4”. I had always thought I stood 5’4” as this was indicated in my past commercials and projects.

“I am still at a loss for words as this is my first national pageant, and I tried—did my best, and have come this far.”

Inamin din ni Cess na nanghinayang siya sa time at effort na iginugol niya para sa pageant.

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Pahayag pa niya: “It was the advocacy of Miss Earth that inspired me to put my passion for environmental change into action.

“The time, costs, and efforts I’ve dedicated up to now, only to be told that I’m ineligible before the announcement of the Top 20 delegates tomorrow, is disheartening.

“I deeply apologize for not meeting everyone’s expectations, and I respect their final decision.

“Nevertheless, I wish my fellow eco-sisters the best, and may the best woman bring honor to our country! I will be supporting them from afar.

“Once again, this is Cess Cruz, your green candidate representing Antipolo City. And I am, and forever will be, a woman of the earth.”

RENEE STA. TERESA “EXTREMELY HEARTBROKEN”

Lubos ding nalungkot si Renee sa desisyon ng pageant organizers na magpatupad ng height requirement.

“To my dearest friends, supporters, and fellow Ibaeños & Batangueños, it is with a heavy heart that I announce my disqualification for Miss Philippines Earth 2022.

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“I know that you are all excited for the announcement of Top 20 tomorrow, and I am very ready to make you proud, but sadly, my journey has been cut short because I learned a while ago that I did not meet the height requirement.

“Though I am extremely heartbroken, my heart is still full of gratitude for the love and support that you’ve shown me for the past months.

“I hope that somehow I was able to instill my advocacy to you. It has been an honor to be your Miss Philippines Earth- Ibaan Batangas [heart] Know that even without the crown, I would still embody the values of a true woman of the Earth.”

Nagpasalamat din siya sa dami ng taong tumulong sa kanyang Miss Philippines Earth journey.

Pinalalakas daw ang loob niya ng kanyang mga kapamilya, kaanak, at iba pang supporters sa tulong ng sweet mesages ng mga ito.

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Nagpasalamat din si Renee sa pageant organizers dahil kahit papaano ay natupad ang pangarap niya na maibahagi ang kanyang advocacy.

OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF MISS PHILIPPINES EARTH ORGANIZER

Samantala, nanindigan ang Miss Philippines Earth organizer na si Lorraine Schuck na hindi tatanggalin ang height requirement ng pageant.

“I am sad at nakakahinayang talaga kasi ang gaganda nila and they’re bright but we also have to be fair with other candidates who have complied with the requirement,” saad ni Lorraine sa eksklusibong panayam ng ABS-CBN News ngayong Biyernes, July 15.

Bahagi na raw iyon ng standard ng pageant sa loob ng 22 taon, at hindi nila babaguhin iyon kahit na sa ibang national competitions ay wala nang height requirement.

Hindi malinaw kung bakit hinayaan pa ring sumabak sa pageant ang tatlong kandidata sa kabila ng nauna nilang pagpasa ng application form kunsaan nakasaad ang kanilang height.

Sinukatan ng height ang mga kandidata kahapon, o isang araw bago ang announcement ng Top 20 finalists ngayong Biyernes ng gabi, July 15.

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