Jonas Gaffud, events and creative director of Miss Universe Philippines pageant, assured pageant fans on Monday, Sept. 28, that Maria Isabela Galeria of Sorsogon who was tested positive for COVID-19 is still in the running for the prestigious MUP crown.
"Yes she is still in the competition. We have to wait her pcr test on the 8th of October," said Gaffud when asked about the chances of Galeria in competing for the finals of Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant on Oct. 25. Fifty candidates are vying for the title of Miss Universe Philippines 2020.
Asked about his initial reaction when he learned about Galeria's condition, Gaffud said: "Kawawa nga siya eh."
Gaffud also said that swab testing has been done among officials, candidates and production crew members of MUP as part of healthy measures to prevent a similar case in the future.
"Everyone had swab testing done already. We also disinfected the studio for shoots," he added.
On Sept. 27, Galeria revealed on Instagram that she was tested positive for COVID-19.
"With so much sadness in my heart, I regret to inform you that I tested positive for COVID-19 rtPCR. This news breaks my heart deeply and I apologize if ever I put you at risk.
“We followed and did all the safety precautions to safeguard from the infection, however it still found us.
“I have spoken with those that I saw recently. My team, my MUP sisters and those I had close contact with in Manila all tested negative.
“I am in isolation and quarantine now.
“I ask whoever came into close contact with me to please inform your City/Municipal Health Officers and their team to check on your condition. Hoping that I did not pass on to you the virus.
“I am truly, deeply sorry? Kindly find it in your hearts to include me and my family in your prayers.”
Fans of Galeria are praying for her fast recovery.