Sad. Top Model of the World Philippines 2014 Janicel Lubina did not compete in El Ghouna, Red Sea, Egypt for Top Model of the World 2014.
After a hyped send-off – parts of which were even shown on the news - the organizers of the local competition (the same people behind the Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines) should shoulder a good chunk of the blame for not foreseeing the complexities of applying for a travel visa to Egypt. It is possible that whoever was in-charge of securing the required stamp on the passport thought that everything will be smooth-sailing based on the established reason for travel to El Ghouna.
But as further details unfurled, it seems that the scenario is more multi-layered. And as of the latest update, there is now a credible kidnapping threat on our representative due to “escalating violence” in the host country and allegedly, the Philippines’ connection to the USA. A travel ban was issued by the DFA – together with the Egyptian Embassy – to avoid unnecessary incidents that could be life-threatening to our candidate. While some other quarters claim that the ban has long been lifted, Janicel was still denied issuance of a visa. Tsk Tsk Tsk.