Former Beauty Queen Accuses Miss Philippines Earth 2024 Organizers of Unprofessional Treatment

Ana Monica Tan, a physician and former beauty queen, was stripped of her judging role at Miss Philippines Earth 2024 without explanation or apology. The incident has raised questions about the pageant's organization and professionalism, with Tan's lawyer describing the treatment as "unprofessional" and "belittling".

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Former Beauty Queen Accuses Miss Philippines Earth 2024 Organizers of Unprofessional Treatment

Former Beauty Queen Accuses Miss Philippines Earth 2024 Organizers of Unprofessional Treatment

Ana Monica Tan, a physician and former beauty queen, has accused the organizers of Miss Philippines Earth 2024 of "unprofessional treatment" after being stripped of her judging role at the coronation night on May 11, 2024, in Talakag, Bukidnon, Philippines. Tan, who was crowned Miss Kuyamis 2018 and Miss Philippines Air 2019, had initially been invited to judge the pageant on April 13 and received a formal letter of invitation on May 7, signed by Lorraine Schuck, executive vice president and co-founder of Carousel Production Incorporated.

Why this matters: The incident raises questions about the integrity and professionalism of the pageant's organizers, which can have a ripple effect on the reputation of the entire beauty pageant industry. Furthermore, it highlights the importance of fair treatment and respect for individuals involved in such events, regardless of their role or stature.

However, Tan was informed of her removal through a phone call by the event's production head on May 10, 2024, without explanation or apology. Her lawyer, Jeffrey Saclot, described the treatment as "unprofessional" and "belittling" to Tan's person. In a text message exchange, Tan expressed her dismay over the last-minute change, stating: "I hope you will handle this better the next time around. Your action is a reflection of your integrity."

After Saclot confronted Carousel Production vice president Peachy Veneracion, the organizing committee sent apologetic messages to Tan, citing a "miscommunication." However, Tan felt insulted and hurt, and did not respond. Saclot stated that Tan is yet to decide whether to pursue legal action against the organizers. As of posting time, Veneracion had not responded to requests for a statement.

Miss Philippines Earth is one of the four biggest beauty pageants in the world, organized by Carousel Productions, which was founded by former beauty queen-actress Lorraine Schuck. The pageant aims to promote environmental awareness and conservation, with the winner representing the Philippines at the Miss Earth international competition.

In the end, Irha Mel Alfeche of Matanao, Davao del Sur, was crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2024 and will represent the country at the upcoming Miss Earth 2024 in Vietnam. The incident involving Ana Monica Tan has cast a shadow over the pageant's organization and professionalism, raising questions about the treatment of judges and the integrity of the selection process.

Key Takeaways

  • Ana Monica Tan, a physician and former beauty queen, was stripped of her judging role at Miss Philippines Earth 2024.
  • Tan was informed of her removal without explanation or apology, sparking accusations of "unprofessional treatment".
  • The incident raises questions about the integrity and professionalism of the pageant's organizers.
  • Tan's lawyer described the treatment as "unprofessional" and "belittling" to Tan's person.
  • The incident has cast a shadow over the pageant's organization and professionalism.