The journey of Binibini Samantha Ashley Lo in the Miss Grand International 2019 pageant ended after she failed to make the top 20 semi-finalists of the beauty contest in Caracas, Venezuela Friday night (Saturday morning Manila time).
The top 20 candidates were from Australia, Panama, South Africa, Guatemala,
Spain, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Japan, Paraguay, Colombia, Chile,
Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil, Thailand, Mexico, Peru, and Ireland.
Lo may have topped the public voting for Best in National Costume. But with combined scores from judges, she failed to get the special award. The award went to Ecuador.
Sixty girls competed in this year’s edition of Miss Grand International pageant, a contest that campaigns to help people become aware or concern about the effects of war and violence.
One day before the competition, Lo shared on Instagram her photos in a two-piece swimsuit with the caption: “I stand tall and proud because I know I’m not alone There are 104.9 million other Filipinos all fighting right behind me.”
A few hours before the pageant, Lo shared a video on Instagram. She captioned it with: “You attract what you’re ready for.”
Lo almost never made it to the Miss Grand International 2019 beauty pageant in Caracas, Venezuela.
En route to Caracas, she traveled to Dubai and made a connecting flight in Paris, France.
But the beauty queen was held for 13 hours by French authorities who discovered that her passport was “tampered with and altered.”
Officials of the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc.have denied Lo’s allegations that they did not assist her when she was detained in Paris.
She was deported to Manila. A few days later, armed with an American passport, the beauty queen decided to fly to Venezuela and compete in Miss Grand International 2019 pageant.
Lo, 26, is an ESL (English as second language) instructor at Enderun College at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. She is a nursing graduate at University of Cebu.