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Game of Crowns: What’s inside the Miss International Queen PH fiasco?

by Jericho Zafra

Recently updated on March 21, 2023 07:15 am

The game of crowns is far from over.

It has been a week since the Miss International Queen Philippines finals but it feels like the coronation hangover isn’t over yet.

Miss International Queen Philippines is a national pageant exclusive for transgender women. Although the country has already sent candidates for the past years and even produced two titleholders without a franchise, this is only the second staging of the pageant under an exclusive franchise awarded to Michelle Montecarlo, an alumna of the controversial pageant.

On Thursday, former Miss International Queen Philippines Fuschia Anne Ravena spilled the tea through a Facebook post

Ravena claimed that the organization stopped her from wearing the crown during the finals night, and that the incident “robbed” her of the last moment she will be wearing the crown.

“I wish I was allowed to wear the Philippine crown that night – the only crown they insisted I bring to Manila. Unfortunately, as soon as I settled in the dressing room, they took it away from me. Not only did they take a crown, but they also took that special moment from me to wear it one last time on stage – the moment I was looking forward to all my life,” said Ravena.

“Not once did you see me on stage with it on. The only time I was able to touch it was when I [was] crowned the new winner. As to why, I too don’t know the answers. All I know is I can never bring that moment back again,” she added.

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She capped the post with an open-ended caveat: “This is just a drop of tea. Pouring a whole kettle soon. Enough is enough.”

RepublicAsia has reached out to the camps involved in the issue including Montecarlo, the pageant’s national director for comment. We have yet to receive a response as of writing.

What’s the tea?

Before the coronation night, pageant fans were abuzz as they questioned Ravena’s absence in the preliminary competition last March 5.

Ravena said it was her “personal decision” not to attend the preliminaries because candidates “deserve to have their moment.”

But on the same day after Ravena revealed her cup of tea, Miss International Queen Philippines 3rd runner-up Anne Patricia Lorenzo had tea to spill against Lars Pacheco, the 2023 pageant edition winner.

In a now-viral video, one of Lorenzo’s fellow pageant sister accused Pacheco of “buying the crown.”

“Okay lang naman eh, ako wala akong pakialam sa bilihan ng korona, if that’s your way na manalo gawin mo na lang na maayos na wala kang tinatapakang ibang tao,” Lorenzo said.

The video has been shared across different platforms.

The two-minute video further disclosed what seemed like internal issues during pageant activities where Lorenzo was questioned for being late for the rehearsals.

“Alam ba niya (Pacheco) ang rason kung bakit ako late? Dahil nawawalan na ako ng gana dahil alam ko na at nakarating na sa akin ang balita, pero hindi ko siya kinmpronta tinapos ko nang maayos ang contest,” she said.

Aside from winning the crown, Pacheco also bagged numerous awards from the recently held Miss International Queen Philippines. She will be representing the Philippines in the Miss International Queen 2023 competition which will be held in Thailand this year.

So far, the country has already won three crowns in the international edition of the pageant through Kevin Balot in 2012, Trixie Maristela in 2015, and Ravena in 2022.

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