Sandra Lemonon ignites controversy after Miss Universe Philippines 2020 finals

Published October 25, 2020, 4:32 PM

by Robert Requintina

All’s not well after the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 beauty pageant held at the Baguio Country Club on Sunday, October 25.

This after Miss Taguig Sandra Lemonon shared negative posts on social media about the competition where Miss Iloilo Rabiya Mateo was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2020. Lemonon finished in the top 16 of the pageant.

During the broadcast of the pageant, Lemonon uploaded a cryptic message on social media which read: “Get ready loves, tomorrow I will be announcing big news, it’s time to be honest and speak facts.”

Another post read: “The truth always comes out, It’s just about timing Karma is real soon, Because we deserve justice.”

Her other message read: “Open communication should start in household.”

Hours later, Shamcey Supsup-Lee, national director of Miss Universe Philippines, issued a statement: “To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honors with humility – these are the marks of a true queen.”

Lemonon reacted: “Get your tea. Accepting defeat graciously is one of the many marks of being a beauty queen. But what you forgot to say is that real queens play fair don’t cheat.”

Finally, Lemonon allegedly made a revelation on social media: “So here’s the truth … May gumamit po ng Packaging Tape sa Swimsuit Competition.” Friends of Lemonon however denied this post, saying that the message shared has been edited by netizens.

Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa has called on other girls to accept defeat.

“BBP2012 taught me my greatest pageant lesson in life. A true queen is someone who can accept defeat and rise above it. A crown doesn’t define us, we define it. This is not the end but only the beginning for our #MissUniversePhilippines girls. Congratulations everyone,” said Lastimosa.

In 2018, Lemonon went viral when she failed to answer in the final question-and-answer portion of Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant. She was asked about her thoughts on the “build, build, build” program of the government but she admitted she had no idea about it.