Miss Grand International Philippines 2018 Eva Patalinjug has severed her ties with the upcoming Magandang Filipinas beauty pageant.
Eva, who was earlier named as the pageant’s national director said that she has withdrawn her endorsement and connection with the competition.
According to her, when it was offered to her by its owner and chairman, Shadrach Lopez Crisostomo, she accepted the position considering that it is the country’s newest national beauty pageant. She thought it would be an avenue for her to promote great causes and advance women’s empowerment.
“Magandang Filipinas held its virtual screening of around 150 aspirants, thirty of whom became the pageant’s official candidates. The pageant’s activities went smoothly until now. The coronation night for Magandang Filipinas was initially scheduled for 26 August 2021 in Bohol. However, this was canceled due to the surge of COVID-19 cases. This cancellation happened without my knowledge as National Director. Mr. Crisostomo belatedly informed me that the coronation will instead be held either in Baguio or Cebu on a later date,” she shared.
“Though I was the National Director for the pageant, I was not aware of any of the events organized by Mr. Crisostomo or his associates after the candidate screening. Potential sponsors had been asking me for the organization’s legal documents so that they can have our sponsorship requests approved by their respective company’s board of directors. However, despite my earnest efforts to coordinate and open clear channels of communication with Mr. Crisostomo and his organization, my team and I were constantly rebuffed and were kept in the dark. Their failure to heed our reasonable requests made me question the legal existence of Magandang Filipinas and the entire organization of Mr. Crisostomo.”
Eva reiterated that she first asked Mr. Crisostomo’s organization if he had any proper legal documents supporting the validity of the existence of Magandang Filipinas and its organization. However, despite repeated demands, she was verbally informed that Magandang Filipinas was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Bureau of Internal Revenue and that it was private.
“These verbal representations were only just that: they failed to provide me with any documentary proof on this question of registration,” she said.
“Mr. Crisostomo’s failure to be transparent with me as the pageant’s National Director has led me to decide to let go of my engagement with Magandang Filipinas and its organization. My professional and personal differences with Mr. Crisostomo and his organization are irreconcilable, leaving me with no choice but to resign.”