Very sad. This should not be happening. Because the end of pageants is really to help our queens. So, it doesn’t really matter if she is from Aces or from Flores, or whatever group…
Kagandahang Flores member Jerome Balute, a Bicolano and a former member of Aces & Queens, expressed misgivings about how rivals “lure and intercept” trainees. Balute claims to have discovered and groomed fellow Albay native Yvette Santiago, a current Binibining Pilipinas frontrunner and touted as the next Venus Raj, only to see her join Aces & Queens.
“I helped train that girl up to the time she won Miss Bicolandia,” he said. “We were, in fact, waiting for her because she told us she was all set to go to Manila and join KF to prepare for Binibini. Ginagapang na pala nila (the other camp, it turned out, already made moves behind the scenes).”
Balute suspects that “pressure” from the provincial governor and other supporters, who were probably enticed by the other camp, forced Santiago to renege on her promise to join KF.
“Yvethe and I saw each other the other day at a Binibining Pilipinas event,” said Balute. “She tried to approach me as if nothing happened. Since I wanted to teach the girl a lesson, I brushed off her attempt at making beso and told her umalis ka, dadaan ako (get out of my way). She nearly cried.”
VERY SAD STORY. BALUTE SHOULD NOT BE DOING THAT. CAN’T HE/SHE BE HAPPY FOR OUR QUEEN YVETTE?