Three weeks to go and a new Miss Philippines Earth will be crowned.
However, the pageant became the subject of criticism after the delegates walked on stage in swimsuits with their faces covered by transparent veils. This was during the figure and form pre-judging portion, which naysayers claimed to be “offensive” and “degrading to women”.
In its defense, Carousel Productions said the veils were used to “promote strict impartiality” from the judges.
“In the pre-judging portion of figure and form, (which is separate from the swimsuit competition, by the way), the transparent veil served a double purpose — first, to place emphasis on the figure and form of the candidate, which was the criteria of focus for that specific portion, and second to introduce the girls with dramatic flair since it was the first in our series of prejudging.
“Our next pre-judging will focus on poise and beauty of face, where the judges will get to see and judge the candidate’s personality. On the week of the finals will be the pre judging of Intelligence and determination were the confidence of the ladies will be judged,” the statement added.
The controversy has somewhat sidelined the real stars of the pageant: the delegates. And with that, it is about time to gauge who among the ladies are on track toward winning the crown.
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