Euphoria continues to hover over ‘beautypageantlandia’

Not only Filipinos are euphoric about the recently concluded Miss World 2013 pageant in Bali, Indonesia where Miss Philippines Megan Young captured the crown and title, but the whole “beautypageantlandia” is abuzz with excitement as Miss Universe and Miss International are soon to be held.

Beauty Pageant Grand Slam, an organization dedicated to beauty contests all over the globe, has come up with “who’s your bet?” for candidates from Latin  America in the forthcoming Miss Universe 2013 pageant. It also made listings and analytics of winners in the five major global beauty contests–Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss Supranational. The sixth contest is Miss Tourism Queen International.

The Philippines is by far the only country that has won all six crowns. It has two Miss Universe titleholders, 2 first runner-up finishers and several other runners-up placements; four Miss International winners; one Miss Tourism Queen International; currently Miss Supranational; and after 62 years, finally, the blue-beaded Miss World crown.

While other franchisees conceded defeat as early as the first day of the contest when they saw Megan, according to Miss World Philippines organizer Cory Quirino, there is a small sector that opposes Miss Philippines’ victory. Foremost was one Devina Dediva who posted on her Facebook account, “Miss Philippines is Miss World? What a joke! I did not know those maids have anything else in them Ha Ha Ha.”

The post went viral and Filipinos (even some non-Filipinos) answered. She had the temerity to reply, “[Filipino women] are poor, smelly from cleaning toilets, and uneducated… [Filipinos] are less privileged everywhere! [I am] surprised one can win. What a joke those people cleaning our toilets won Miss World.”

Dediva, allegedly based in Singapore and studied at Manchester University, spawned a different FB account–Devina Dediva Haters. Netizens in turn posted their dislike and hatred of her postings. Some UK, US and Middle East residents shared their feelings, too.

The social media, particularly Facebook, is supposed to foment friendship, strengthen ties and encourage discussions. Promoting racism or bigotry should be taboo because the world is now interconnected as one with the advent of Internet and mobile technology.

Devina Dediva’s account has been removed by Facebook. If you click the link to the account or type the name, an error message pops up –ERROR 403 – FORBIDDEN. It explains, “403 errors usually mean that the server does not have permission to view the requested file or resource.These errors are often caused by IP Deny rules, File protections, or permission problems. In many cases this is not an indication of an actual problem with the server itself but rather a problem with the information the server has been instructed to access as a result of the request. This error is often caused by an issue on your site which may require additional review by our support teams.”

One post said, “bless her soul, if she has one.”

Notwithstanding this issue, with two crowns already won, the Philippines  is set to capture the third Miss Universe crown thru  Ariella Arida on November 9 in Moscow, Russia and Bea Rose Santiago for the Miss International title on December 17 in Tokyo, Japan. Joanna Cindy Miranda is also on her way to make history in the Miss Tourism Queen International on October 3 in Xianning, China. Justine Gabionza won the title in 2006.

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