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Miriam Quiambao speaks up about the disqualified Binibining Pilipinas candidates

Beauty-queen-turned actress Miriam Quiambao says that a disqualified Binibining Pilipinas candidate may still try to win her slot back.

BY BERNIE FRANCO

FRESH SCOOPS

3/31/2011 7:22 AM
Miriam Quiambao speaks up about the disqualified Binibining Pilipinas candidates


033111-miriam_main.jpgMiriam Quiambao is excited about being one of the hosts of the upcoming Binibining Pilipinas Beauty Pageant 2011, which will be televised on ABS-CBN on April 10, Sunday. She shared that the other hosts include Charlene Gonzales, Precious Lara Quigaman and Derek Ramsay.

The 1999 Miss Universe first runner-up also has high hopes for this year’s candidates. “Andaming magaganda. Nahirapan nga kami sa prejudging kasi andaming magaganda, andaming matatalino so sana meron tayong mapili na maka-bring home ng crown at maka-place para panalo naman ang Pilipinas.”

Miriam also expressed her opinion about the surprising number of disqualified contestants for this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant. As of press time, four candidates have been booted out reportedly because of their sexy and/or nude photos out on the Internet and in print. These four contestants are Ma. Paula Bianca Paz (who had a sexy pictorial for a calendar two years ago), Grendel Alvarado, Jen Olivar, and Roxanne Cabañero.

“I guess some people have different values but it’s Binibining Pilipinas Charities (BPC) that holds the rules (and) that calls the shots, so whatever they say goes,” Miriam said in an interview at the Run for Home 2011 of Globe Telecommunications last March 27.

However, the beauty-queen-turned-actress continued that in some cases, a contestant might still succeed in changing the BPC’s decision to return to the competition. She cited Venus Raj for example, who was previously dethroned after she was crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Universe last year, when questions about her nationality spurred. “Kung sinuman ‘yung na-disqualify maaari nating ipaglaban kagaya ni Venus. Ipinaglaban niya, nanalo siya and then she went on to represent the country and ended up fourth place (in Miss Universe 2010). Pwede nilang ipaglaban pero in the end nasa discretion pa rin ng BPC kasi nasa kanila ang franchise.”

In her opinion Miriam explained that it is important for BPC to check the contestant’s background because the management wants to ensure the eligibility of candidates. “Ako kasi I’m not in a position to judge, it really goes for different people. However for a representative, I guess BPC has to send someone with a good moral character,” she said.