“Isang karangalan, Mahal kong Pilipinas.”
Ito ang mensahe ng beauty queen na si Samantha Bernardo, 28, sa kanyang Instagram followers noong Linggo, February 7.
Ipinasa kasi ng Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) kay Samantha ang pagkakataong maging kinatawan ng Pilipinas sa Miss Grand International (MGI) 2020 na gaganapin sa Thailand sa March 27.
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Ayon sa pahayag ng BPCI kahapon, February 9, buo ang kanilang suporta kay Samantha na maiuuwi nito ang kauna-unahang MGI crown ng bansa.
Saad pa sa pahayag, “Binibining Pilipinas officially confirms the selection of Samantha Bernardo as the Philippines’ representative to the Miss Grand International 2020 pageant this March 27, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.
“We extend our full support in her quest to win the first MGI crown for the country.”
Sa kabilang banda, ikinalungkot daw ng BPCI na hindi si Aya Abesamis ang kakatawan sa bansa sa pageant. Overage na kasi ito.
“Also, our heart goes out to Aya Abesamis for being unable to join MGI 2020 due to age limit, caused by the delay of the MGI contest because of the Covid pandemic,” dagdag pang pahayag ng BPCI.
Ang age requirements ng MGI ay 18 to 28 years old lamang.
Ngunit hindi naman daw babawiin ng BPCI kay Aya ang kanyang titulo.
“She remains as our Binibining Pilipinas - Grand International 2019 and will pass on her crown during the Binibining Pilipinas pageant in April.
“We greatly appreciated both their efforts, perseverance and understanding, and wish them the best of luck.”
Noong January 2020 lamang opisyal na naipasa kay Aya ang titulo mula sa na-dethrone na si Samantha Lo.
“EYES ON THE PRIZE”
Nagpasalamat naman si Samantha sa lahat ng congratulatory messages na kanyang natanggap.
Sabi niya sa kanyang Instagram post noong Lunes, February 8, “Eyes on the prize... (crown emoji)
"Thank you so much for all your warm messages. I love each one of you. You've been all part of my journey especially to my Bb. Pilipinas Queens through the years. I love you all.”
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Pormal na ring tinanggap ng MGI Organization Thailand ang kanyang nominasyon.
Bahagi ng kanilang pahayag sa Facebook noong Sabado, February 6, “Official Confirmation
“Miss Grand Philippines 2020 is Samantha Bernardo, an empowered woman from the Philippines’ Last Frontier, Palawan. She stands 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall and has a body measurement of 36-23-37.
“She finished a degree in Hospitality Management, where she happily serves, interacts and listens to different stories from across the globe.
“She was a competitive rhythmic gymnast for 9 years and represented her province in National Competitions.
“Aside from sports, she is a cultural performer and a former President of Sining Palawan Dance Troupe that showcases Philippine tradition through folk dances.
“She has also worked as a professional model and an entrepreneur who owns and runs her clothing company. Her heart to serve fuels her competitive spirit and determination to excel in her field.”
Si Samantha ay second runner-up sa Binibining Pilipinas 2018 at 2019.
Pero umakyat siya sa pagka-first runner-up noong 2019 dahil pinalitan ni Aya si Samantha Lo bilang Binibining Pilipinas - Grand International 2019.