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Monday, June 20, 2016

Repost: Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Reveals Backstage Bullying

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“I’m a victim of pageant bullying. There were vicious women in the pageant. Everybody hated me.”

Newly crowned 2016 Miss Philippines-Earth Imelda Bautista Schweighart revealed these to the Inquirer shortly after she bested 45 other aspirants at pageant rites held at the UP Theater in Quezon City on June 11.

According to the 21-year-old winner, the most difficult part of the pageant took place offstage.

“I lost my pageant heels, foundation and my only eye-shadow palette. Someone got those before coronation night,” she revealed. “The heels are essential because they improve my height.”

“I’m surprised they went missing because I’m a very organized person. They were stolen, and my fellow candidates didn’t help,” she added.

She surmised that many contestants “hated” her because “I’ve been winning awards. I’m the front-runner, so they’re pulling me down.”

Schweighart earlier received the corporate titles, Miss Pontefino Residences and Miss Ever Bilena. She also placed second in the preliminary swimsuit competition and the poll among media men for Darling of the Press, and finished third in the prepageant cocktail wear and evening gown competitions.

She also said she got sick before the important closed-door preliminary selection by the judges because of a certain type of oil she got from a fellow candidate.

“She told me it’s a brain booster. That’s what’s written on the bottle. It smelled like eucalyptus. I won’t name names, but I trusted the girl who gave it to me, so I took it before I entered the room,” Schweighart lamented.

“But it made my sinuses act up and gave me a sore throat. I still felt sick until coronation [night]. I even got a toothache and I felt pain all over,” she continued.

When asked if anybody among her fellow contestants stood by her side, she replied: “No one defended me. It was hard whenever I hear those things said about me. There were some who relayed to me what they heard [was being] said about me by the other girls.”

But the German-Filipino representative of Puerto Princesa City brushed it all off. “I just focused on myself. I traveled from Puerto Princesa to represent my city and bring home the crown. And it’s our first time to win; Palawan deserves it,” she declared.

She found solace from those who were not contenders.

“The older people were the ones who defended me, who understood me. Ma’am Peachy (Veneracion, project director of organizer Carousel Production) and the staff protected me from the mudslinging leading to the coronation night,” Schweighart confirmed.

But hers was not an isolated case.

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“When I confided to Ate Jamie (Herrell, 2014 Miss Earth), she said the same thing happened to her. She told me: ‘When I started in the competition, I had 24 swimsuits with me. By the time the pageant ended, I only had four left…and my heels also went missing.’ And Ate Angelia (Ong, 2015 Miss Earth) told me she also experienced bullying abroad,” shared the reigning beauty.

During the final moments of the competition, when Schweighart and Kiara Giel Gregorio from the Filipino community of London became the last women standing, several other ladies were yelling “London” as host Robi Domingo was about to announce the winner.

And when Schweighart was proclaimed as the new queen, the remaining contestants rushed to the other winners, taking selfies, leaving her out in the cold.

“Those bullies were psyching me, to weaken me. But I didn’t give in. I had to kill the demons and survive,” said the queen.

To her detractors, the Palaweña winner had this to say: “I hope you find yourselves in a place where you can be healed from the past hurt. Find forgiveness and peace.”

52 comments:

  1. Either she wasn't friendly to other contestants or plain and simple inggit lang talaga ng mga kasama niya. Likas sa majority ng mga babae ang inggit. And she might not have been friendly to others dahil focused lang siya sa pageant like how Pia was.

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    1. I think hindi naman mawawala ang mga scenario ganon backstage pag sa peagent

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    2. Anon 12:49 AM Her heels and other stuff were stolen. Di excuse ang pagiging unfriendly nya sa ibang contestants para nakawin ang mga gamit nya.

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    3. Sa groufie naman mukhang masaya sila...

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    4. @1.42 trained silang maging plastic in front of a camera

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    5. Nangyare na rin pala before dun sa mga Winner before her so ang pwedeng conclusion lang jan is me MAGNANAKAW ng stuff sa staff ng pageant!!!!

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    6. Omg. Parang di na healthy ang competition nila. Hindi na mganda yan, dapat bigyan ng pansin ang mga ganyan, girls be competitive in a healthy way.Stop bullying please. Nangyari rin pala kay Jamie, hakot award din si Jamie dati.

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    7. anon 1:42 - f u notice, sa likod niya sila nagse-selfie. di siya kasama sa picture.

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    8. Sa tingin k threaten kc sila sknya. Alam nila malakas ang chance na manalo kya ganun ginawa nila.

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  2. I can only imagined thing backstage sa miss universe with all the different countries

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    1. was it also in Ms. U, yung may naglagay ng pins sa loob ng gown nung isang candidate para kapag sinuot matusok-tusok yung owner ng gown?

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  3. Ang ganda nya. Ganun tlga sa pageant may mga simpleng bully pero deep inside inggit yun

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  4. Ganyan pla nangyayare sa backstage. Wala ba silang assitant or helper to prevent stealing stuff from the other contestant

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    1. Actually hindi lang ang girls ang gumagawa ng mga yan. Pati yung mga inggiterang kamag anak/ make up artists ng mga merlats na itey yung sumasabotahe.

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    2. Sa Bb Pilipinas may wardrobe staff. Sila nagre-ready ng mga isusuot, kasi lahat yun nirerent lang. And after ng pageant, yung candidates mismo ang magsusurrender ng mga sinuot nya sa wardrobe staff. Pag kulang yun hindi sila papauwiin. Dapat ganun din sa ibang pageants para organized.

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  5. Kudos for taking a stand against bullying. Insecurity never wins. Goodluck on your future endeavors, Ms Earth Philippines 2016.

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    1. Gawin nya sanang advocacy yang bullying, very relevant.

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  6. i've heard she's not so nice herself so ... there's two sides to every story

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    1. Not an excuse to steal her things

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    2. Sperhaps she's just focused on the pageant, perhaps she's just nervous, perhaps she felt that the other contestants are bullies.

      Anyway, isa ka ba sa other contestants?

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  7. we don't know the whole story tho

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    1. That 2nd pic above speaks volumes though.

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  8. "And when Schweighart was proclaimed as the new queen, the remaining contestants rushed to the other winners, taking selfies, leaving her out in the cold."

    Hindi naman totoo ito. Hinanap ko sa youtube yung vid ng pageant na to. Di naman totoo yung ni-quote ko above. May mga contestants din na lumapit sa kanya at ni-congratulate siya.

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    1. Medyo off ang magpa groufie sa likod habang hindi pa tapos yung presentation ng winner. They certainly rained on her parade.

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  9. playing victim huh

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    1. Mukhang totoo naman just look at the 2nd pic above, ganun din diba ang nangyare kay Pia.

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  10. If the contestant from a previous year experienced the same thing, maybe there is an insider who has access to the contestants' belongings and accepts money to sabotage front runners.

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  11. ganyan talaga nangyayari sa mga beauty pageants especially if favorite ka ng mga beauty pageant fanatics/forums and organizers isa kang threat sa kapwa candidates. they'll do some sabotage for you not to perform well during the finals.

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  12. Worst yung second photo. They were having groufies while she was crowned as MPE.

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    1. Mababali na nga yung leeg nung nakablue gown makanguso lang.

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  13. Baka naman allergic sya dun sa "brain booster" kuno. Pero for her to say na parang sinadya yun pagbigay sa kanya nun, kakaiba ang dating ha. What if concern lang.

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  14. That's sad. All those pretty faces. You can't really have it all I guess.

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  15. This is sad. Andami kasi nyang kasabayang chaka kaya no wonder inggit sila

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  16. I don't think sinadya yung oil. Kase diba kilala sya na sya nagbigay, de malalagot sya pag napasama yng bingyan nya. Na-allergic lang cguro sya. Pero iniimply n nya na sinadya yun. Mukhang masama dinnugali netong nanalo.

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  17. Eto and downside of beucon. With overly vain girls nagiging mean and vicious sa sobrang competetive. I think beauty contest should be abolished. Ano ba ang saysay ng beauty contest? Empowering women? By displaying skin? Sorry but di ba?

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    1. Preach! For me kababawan lang siya. I mean what honor does it bring to our country exactly? It's not like it's the Nobel, alam mo yun?

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    2. To make it worst, contestant resorts to cosmetology and science just to look perfect instead of embracing their flaws and accepting the real woman in them. Asan na ang essence of a woman dito? Asan na yung advocacy?

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    3. Beauty contests are not just about the contestants. It has its own ecosystem. It provides a venue for designers to showcase their gowns and accessories. Contestants have stylists (hair and make-up). It's a show so there are advertisers and sponsors for product placement. And for these women, it is a stepping stone para makilala. We cannot deny that entertainment here in our country is personality-driven. So marami gusto mag-artista o model para magkapera. Di nga naman talaga totoo na may advocacy itong mga babaeng ito. Pero ganun kasi ang format. Kesyo naman yung mga bikini contests at ibang modeling contests lang di ba?

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    4. Its an event where you allow yourself berated by your appearnce and your performance under pressure(ofcourse that does not define you).

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  18. Since winner kana gerl bumili kana ng bagong eyeshadow palette. Bongga

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    1. tama! gora na sa Sephora!

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  19. Kaloka. Bawal pala magdala ng mamahalin sa backstage ng pageant baka mawala.

    Dapat ukay-ukay at mga cheapanggang shoes na lang pala ang dalhin.

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  20. Deadmahin mo Na Sila kasi at the end of the day? Ikaw pa din Ang nagwagi, ikaw pa din Ang may korona at forever silang chuwariwap at thank you girls.

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  21. The second photo just shows how Ill bred the other contestants are. Zero poise and low class moves.

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  22. i sort of know her from the other pageant. yes, she's opinionated so people perceive her as "maldita/suplada". minsan kasi nabara nya yung mga papansin/maarte sa group.
    baka nangyari ulit. but she's nice dont her wrong. and yes very beautiful in person. di na ako magtataka if threatened ang iba.

    circa 2013

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  23. I really don't believe in beauty contests. Many candidates are shallow and would just like to advance their self interest.

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  24. Go Ms.Philippines Earth 2016. Don't allow the nega vibes bring you down, heads up and say" I'm a proud Palaweño☺

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  25. nobody can drag you down.. goodluck!

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  26. For the sake of the crown =( how can these girls do such thing?

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  27. lumaban siya sa Mutya ng Palawan last year at nagwalk out nung hindi siya ang nanalo

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  28. no i understand why the other girls acted this way..haha

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