Barely two weeks after her reign as Miss Bohol Sandugo (MBS) 2013, Brigitte Tanoja Burato has faced an issue that could almost finish her reign as Miss Bohol Sandugo.
The stunning 18-year-old Alician beauty brought great honor to her hometown but might have to give up her crown due to “not abiding by the rules and regulations” set by the MBS committee. She is not allowed to join any beauty pageant in the province until she can complete her reign.
“The problem of Miss Alicia Brigitte Burato is she has an attitude problem,” said the socialite VRS. “She should inform first the MBS committee if she has to join another beauty pageant.”
According to another VRS embedded in the beauty pageant office, Burato was supposed to join the Miss Silka Bohol 2013 held last Friday.
Before winning MBS, Burato had competed in quite a number of beauty pageants. She has been a consistent number one in the Dean’s List of the School of Business and Economics at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City where she is also the reigning 2013 Miss SBE- University of San Carlos.
Beauty-watchers and supporters have agreed that MBS is the oldest, highest, most prestigious and most popular beauty pageant in the province.
“What if she will not win in Miss Silka? Di ba uwaw?” one beauty-watcher, who asked for anonymity, said. “Okay ra if she will join Bb. Pilipinas or Mutya at least to level up.”
Last Friday morning, Burato had a closed-door heart-to-heart talk with the MBS organizers.
VRS had watched Miss Silka last Friday afternoon, and thanked God, Burato had backed-out from the contest.
“If naa pa, aw dethroned jud,” said a popular hair and make-up artist.
If she was dethroned, there will be a new face of the crown. Supporters of MBS first runner-up Shaila Mae Rebortera of Baclayon were heard saying that she was happy ''to be taking over this job.''
The rules said: The Miss Bohol Sandugo should have never been married, never been pregnant and in good health and of good moral character during her reign. She pledges to abide by the rules and regulations set by the organizers and to support and participate in the activities initiated by the committee.
In the history of MBS pageant, no one has been dethroned for failing to perform the numerous duties expected of a MBS titleholder. However, there were those who were replaced or not completed their reign.
“The beautiful winners have often been found to get involved in various scandals and then been forced to resign from their glory,” said VRS.
At least two MBS titlists were stripped of their titles, including Maria Niña Cubello, MBS 1999, officially did not finish her reign because she got married. She was replaced by Jennifer Ejoc. The beauteous MBS 2001 Jenny Justiniane has been stripped of her crown. She got married before she finished her reign. Her first runner-up Vanessa Cadorna replaced her. Although they were replaced by the organizers, Cubello and Justiniane were generally regarded as winners by the MBS committee and by the public.
Another VRS revealed that beauty pageants in Bohol have no contract so definitely the winners don't know their roles during their reign.
"There should be a written agreement or contract between the winner and the organizer what to expect and what to do during the reign,” said VRS.
To paraphrase a pageant cliché: Once a Miss Bohol Sandugo is forever a Miss Bohol Sandugo.
“Swell-headedness is one that a beauty queen must avoid. She should keep the weight of her head normal and keep her feet firmly planted on the ground,” said VRS.
Note: VRS called and texted Brigitte Tanoja Burato for her side but she never replied.
Stand by for further development.