THE post-pageant circus continues as snide remarks from among the candidates of the Miss Universe Philippines (MUP) 2020 reaches Shamcey Supsup, the national director of Miss Universe Philippines organization.
As it turns out, there are those who are against Rabiya Mateo’s winning the title. In her Instagram story, Shamcey reminded how a candidate should accept defeat.
She said: “To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honors with humility — these are the marks of a true QUEEN.”
Another beauty queen, MJ Lastimosa also gave her message similar to Shamcey’s.
MJ was one of those who took the ramp for former beauty queens in the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 coronation ceremony.
It can be recalled that MJ joined Binibining Pilipinas for three times in her attempt to get the Miss Universe Philippines crown.
She was a second runner-up in 2011, then she was on Top 12 in 2012, and finally took home the crown in 2014.
MJ tweeted: “BBP2012 taught me my greatest pageant lesson in life.
“A true queen is someone who can accept defeat and rise above it. A crown doesn’t define us, we define it.
“This is not the end but only the beginning for our #MissUniversePhilippines girls.
The Binibining Pilipinas (BBP) Charities Inc. used to handle the franchise of the Miss Universe Philippines for the past 55 years, before the Miss Universe organization entrusted it to Miss Universe Philippines organization in December 2019.
MJ made sure that she is fully supporting the newly- crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo.
She assures Rabiya, “we will be supporting you in the @MissUniverse stage as you raise our (Philippine flag) #Miss Universe Philippines.”
Netizens immediately linked Shamcey and MJ’s posts to the trending issue in the Miss Universe Philippines.
It was on Sunday, October 25, when Sandra Lemonon and Michelled Gumabao trended on Twitter.
Sandra is the representative of Taguig City, while Michele is from Quezon City. The two women are known to be friends even if they are competitors in the pageant.
Sandra claimed in her Instagram stories last Sunday that the selection for the titleholder Rabiya was not justified. Her cryptic posts were timed at 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. and followed it with a meaningful post at 2:18 p.m.
She even contradicted Shamcey’s reminder on how to accept defeat.
Sandra retorted: “Accepting defeat graciously is one of many mark of being a queen (heart emoji)
“But what you forgot to say
“Is that REAL queens
“Play FAIR don’t CHEAT.”Along with Sandra’s messages on social media, many wondered why Michelle was missing during the presscon of Top 5 finalists of the Miss Universe Philippines.
This was based on the photos of Rabiya Mateo, first runner-up Ysabella Roxas Ysmael (Parañaque), third runner-up Pauline Cucharo Amelinckx (Bohol), at fourth runner-up Billie Hakenson (Cavite).
Apart from this, there were talks from the netizens about Michelle complaining about other candidates’ violating the pageant “rules.”
One of the rules is not allowing a glam team for a candidate during the grand coronation.
According to one of Michelle’s camp: “Yet some of the girls had their MUA and whole glam team in there, helping in between! Ano to joke time!!!?”
As of this writing, the names of Michelle Gumabao, Sandra Lemonon and Shamcey are still trending on social media snd the hashtag “#MissUniversePhilippines2020.”