It’s only been two (2) days after the coronation night of Binibining Pilipinas 2017, but the beauty pageant was already surrounded with controversy.
Fashion Pulis, a popular go-to gossip sites for fans, posted in its Twitter account that Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated (BPCI) and Stella Araneta held a meeting at Novotel in Quezon City to allegedly talk about crown switching, dethronement and ripping of gowns backstage.
— Fashion PULIS (@FashionPulis) May 2, 2017
A pageant-dedicated Facebook page, called The Philippine Pageantry, also posted about the unexpected shake up (of the crowns) that will surely break the hearts of pageant fans.
The page refused to comment further about the issue, and wrote the following remark in their page:
“It is our responsibility to bring to you guys the latest NEWS that is why. BUT we also put value in RESPECTING the individuals involved and the BPCI in not preempting them with the ACTUAL DETAILS and ANNOUNCEMENTS.
And WE WILL NEVER DO ANYTHING THAT WILL MAKE US LOSE OUR CREDIBILITY! In fact, this post will actually SOLIDIFY our Credibility.
As you have trusted us for more than 6 years, we continue to uphold that trust in high regards!”
The news was picked-up by several entertainment and showbiz-oriented sites and the news immediately went like wildfire in social media sites.
A recent CNN Philippines report regarding the alleged resignation of Katarina Rodriguez from her title as Binibining Pilipinas 2017 Intercontinental, added fuel to the speculations.
BPCI spokesperson Gines Enriquez also sent a text message to ABS-CBN News, saying that Rodriguez has expressed that she may not accept the crown.
Rodriguez, from her end, denied the allegations through her official Twitter account (@KatarinaRodri).
“I never made any announcements that I’m not accepting the crown? Is it alright if everyone refrains from making assumptions first,” said the beauty queen.
“And maybe think it’s been two days since coronation which I obviously enjoyed so much. It was one of if not the funnest things I’ve done,” she added.
As of posting time, the BPCI has not yet issued an official announcement regarding the issue.
Rodriguez has been one of the early favorites as contender for the Miss Universe – Philippines title. After she aced the question and answer portion of the competition, she was expected to be the next successor of the highly-coveted crown. However, she clinched the Intercontinal title instead, much to the dismay of her fans. Her fellow contender Rachel Peters from Camarines Sur, who was also one of the top picks, was hailed as the Miss Universe-Philippines 2017.