CEBU CITY, Philippines — Controversial beauty queen Samantha Ashley Lo will end several months of preparations today, October 26, (October 25 in Venezuela) in the Miss Grand International 2019 pageant as the coronation night is currently happening in the Spanish-speaking country as of this posting.
The journey has not been easy for Lo after she reported as “missing.”
News came out that she was detained in Paris and deported back to the Philippines because of passport issues.
She resurfaced in Caracas, Venezuela after missing several pre-pageant activities including the welcome ceremony and press presentation and the swimsuit competition on October 15 and 16 respectively.
She, however, was able to catch up in the national costume competition where she is now on Top 10 list of most popular votes.
Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI), which is supposed to handle Lo’s bid in the international pageant as she earned the tight to compete from winning the national title as Binibining Pilipinas Grand International, released a statement about what they know about Lo’s case.
BPCI said that Lo’s parents confirmed that the beauty queen obtained her passport from a fixer.
Despite the controversy, Lo confidently carried on with the competition.
On October 23, she sashayed her way in the preliminary competing wearing a yellow two-piece swimsuit and then a gold floor-length gown by Ryan Ablaza Uson.
She posted meaningful quotes which accompanied her swimsuit and evening gown photos.
In her swimsuit photos, she wrote: “I stand tall and proud because I know I’m not alone… There are 104.9 million other Filipinos all fighting right behind me.”
Her caption in her evening gown photo said, “Make more moves and less announcements.”
Her gown designer also shared photos of Lo with captions such as: “The comeback is always stronger than the setback.”
In another set of photos of Lo wearing what happens a backless gown in muted pink, Uson writes, “A Queen how to build her empire with the same stones that were thrown at her.”