Here is what Mary Jean Lastimosa said about the pageant in the Philippines
Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa reacted to the issue that harassment is happening in the pageant world in the Philippines.
To recall, Janina San Miguel who won the Binibining Pilipinas World 2008 title but returned her crown, revealed that she received indecent proposals during her pageant years.
Aside from her, Miss Multinational 2017 Sophia Senoron also attested that she also experienced the same. The biggest thing that I was offered was bahay, condo, car, everything. Ang makapal pa ‘yung mukha is hindi pa sa ‘kin diniretso, sa nanay ko,” she revealed.
A documentary titled The Hidden Side of Philippines Beauty Pageants from Undercover Asia, a Singapore-based investigative TV show featured the things happening behind the camera before and during the pageants.
Following these revelations from Sophia and Janina, Mary Jean Lastimosa gave her reaction. Based on the article from PEP, what her fellow beauty queens claimed is “unfair for all the Filipino women competing.”
MJ said she came across the said documentary when her fans asked her if she is one of those who received indecent proposals.
“Actually, I’ve never heard of the documentary until some, few fans comment on my Instagram and asking me if I accepted indecent proposal in exchange of millions, and I was very surprised. Sa comments section, ‘Isa ka ba dun sa tumanggap? Ha?! I would have had a Jaguar or a mansion. Hahaha!’” she reacted.
She also said that it’s not right to say that all those who joined the pageant had the same experience. MJ added that during her time, she was being protected by the Aces and Queens, and KF [Kagandahang Flores], and Binibining Pilipinas.
“I was traveling all around the Philippines with a lady guard who sleeps with me even inside my room to protect me,” Mary Jean Lastimosa said.
She also said that it saddened her that due to that documentary, it was generalized that these things are happening in the entire world of pageants in the Philippines.
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