Binigyang linaw ni Bb. Pilipinas 2019 second runner-up Samantha Bernardo kung bakit wala siya sa post-pageant activities ng mga nagwagi sa Binibining Pilipinas 2019.
Tradisyon na kasi sa Binibining Pilipinas ang kabi-kabilang post-pageant activities, kabilang na ang tinatawag nilang media day kung saan iikot sa iba’t ibang programa at istasyon ang mga nagwagi para sa ilang interviews.
Hindi namataan ng pageant aficionados si Samantha sa guest appearances ng Binibining Pilipinas 2019 winners.
Kaya tanong ng ilan: bitter ba siya dahil second runner-up lang ang kanyang napagwagiang titulo?
Ito rin kasi ang kanyang nakuhang puwesto noong Binibining Pilipinas 2018.
Sa pamamagitan ng mahabang Instagram post noong Martes, June 18, ipinaliwang ng 26-year-old beauty queen mula sa Palawan kung bakit pinili niyang huwag nang makilahok sa post-pageant activities ng Binibining Pilipinas.
Ito ay kasunod ng mga batikos na natatanggap niya mula sa ilang netizens.
"'You are too rehearsed.'
"'You are too pageant patty, your makeup is so dark and so on.. that's why you are a runner up again.'
"'Where is Samantha? She's so bitter. Why is she not attending activities?'
"'She deserves to be 2nd runner up because she's not fulfilling her duties now.'
"'She has a bad attitude and etc.'
"'Dummy accounts, seriously?'"
Kasunod nito, sinabi ni Samantha na dalawang linggo bago ang coronation night ay nagkasakit siya.
Pagkatapos naman ng pageant ay kailangan niyang lumipad papuntang Singapore para sa isang prior commitment.
Aniya pa, nabigla rin siyang parehong puwesto ang nakuha niya noong 2018 at ngayong 2019—ang second runner-up sash at crown.
Saad niya: “What we allow you to see is just the surface, you guys don't know anything.
"I've been so sick for almost 2 weeks until Coronation night (all the staff can attest that I used oral spray and nasal spray every now and then before going out on stage just to be presentable) and I need to go to Singapore now for a wedding (FYI, Binibini knew about this).
"Give me a break. I have fulfilled my duties as 2nd runner up last year and I must admit that being 2nd runner up again this year was quite a shock.
"But I know truly in my heart that I gave my all, I deserve better and that I have no regrets.”
Nilinaw ni Samantha na wala siyang hinanakit sa mga hurado noong pageant night, pero nais niyang malaman ng publiko na ang runners-up ay hindi kailangang present sa lahat ng post-pageant activities.
“I fully respect and trust the decision of all Bb. Pilipinas judges that night on choosing the right queens and I have nothing against it.
"People should know that runners up are not required to show up on every activity, it's our prerogative.
"So let's stop the hate and let's just focus on spreading love and positivity.
"Let's support our queens and waste our energy on things that matter the most!
"I have served my purpose and I will continue doing this whatever happens, with or without a crown.
"To anyone who's going through tough times, please read:
"Don't be afraid to start all over again. Don't be afraid that your heart is hurting.
"It means your feelings are genuine.
"I went through a lot that I can only surpass with courage and acceptance and if you need to let go of whatever is hurting you, then do it to heal.
"DO IT BECAUSE WHATEVER HURTS YOU, SHOULD NOT BRING YOU DOWN, BUT TO RISE BEYOND WHAT IS NO LONGER WORTH KEEPING BURIED INSIDE YOU.
"Be brave, beautiful soul."
Nakakuha naman ng suporta mula sa netizens at kapwa niya beauty queens ang post na ito ni Samantha.
Sabi sa kanya ni Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados, "Take all the time you want babe. We are here for you."
Mensahe naman ni Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific 2016 at ABS-CBN showbiz reporter na si Ganiel Krishnan, "Love you love you!!!!"
"Love you, SamBer" ang paabot na mensahe sa kanya ni Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational 2018 Jehza Huelar-Simon.
Mensahe naman ni Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, “We keep on fighting again and again on that very same stage because we are strong enough, brave enough to face our fear of failure and trying again, we are fulfilling a dream..our dream, not theirs.
"So don’t let their opinion affect you, coz I’m pretty sure there’s a reason why the best that they can do is hide behind a fake account and not spend their time chasing their own dreams [smile emoji] LOVE YOU!”
Message of support naman ni Bb. Pilipinas-Globe 2018 na si Michelle Gumabao, “Love this! Love you babe.”
Payo naman ni Miss Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman, “Don’t mind them @samanthabernardo__ wala kasi silang magawa sa buhay kaya ganun.
"You honestly killed it on the night and that’s what matters.
"'It’s not about winning but how you fought to win,' I legit just quoted myself.”