Hindi biro o April Fools’ Day joke ang Facebook post ni Jonas Gaffud tungkol sa pag-alis niya sa Aces and Queens.
Si Jonas ang head ng Aces and Queens na nagde-develop ng beauty queens for local and international pageants.
Siya rin ang namamahala ng Mercator Artist and Model Management, Inc. at ng Empire.PH.
Kabilang sa talents ng Mercator ang beauty queens na sina Pia Wurtzbach, Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon, at Venus Raj, at ang model-actors na sina Daniel Matsunaga, Fabio Ide, Marlo Mortel, at Benjamin Alves.
Ngayong Lunes ng hapon, April 1, sa pamamagitan ng kanyang Facebook account, inanunsiyo ni Jonas ang pamamaalam niya sa Aces and Queens, kung saan isa siya sa founding members.
Narito ang buong mensahe ni Jonas:
“When my friends and I founded Aces and Queens, our intention is to prepare young women to be queens for national and international pageants.
"Our group got bigger, as the number of girls we train or who asked to be trained by us, also grew. And we have trained them with passion, love and dedication without asking anything in return.
"Though we have permanent jobs, our only reward was to see them grow as persons, and bring honor to our country. We never knew it would be this big.
“As much as I would love to continue training girls as head of Aces and Queens, I believe it is time for me to leave the group to pursue other endeavors.
"As such, I will focus on developing and sustaining advocacies which are close to our hearts: education of children, and raising funds for their causes, LGBTQIA rights & awareness, tourism for the Philippines and women empowerment.
“I thank Aces and Queens, all the girls we have trained since 2001, everyone who has trusted me and above all, Filipino pageant lovers and supporters, without which we would not have achieved our successes in international pageantry.
“Huge thanks to all camps, mentors, teams, groups, glam teams, designers for making the beauty pageant industry alive. I salute how the camps brought out the best in the Filipina. No one can take that away from them - their hardwork and dedication.
“And many thanks to local and international organizations specially BbPilipinas Charities Inc and the Miss Universe Organization.
“Let’s support our queens. We are Team Philippines after all.
“Mabuhay at maraming salamat.”
Bagamat hindi pa kumpirmado, may bulung-bulungang magiging bahagi na si Jonas ng Miss Universe Organization kaya nito binitiwan ang Aces and Queens.
Bukas ang PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa paglilinaw ni Jonas tungkol dito.