MANILA – The Reina Hispanoamericana 2019 pageant has been postponed following the post-election violence in host country Bolivia.
The announcement was made by organizer Promociones Gloria which was reposted by Miss World Philippines on Tuesday.
“Promociones Gloria announces that the international contest Reina Hispanoamericana has been postponed until further notice for the events that are happening in Bolivia,” Miss World Philippines said in an Instagram post.
The Philippines’ representative to the pageant, Katrina Llegado, was already in Bolivia when the postponement was announced.
In an Instagram post on Tuesday night (Manila time), Llegado asked for prayers for Bolivia as she heads to Toronto, Canada to visit her loved ones.
“See you again, Bolivia! Your people are both beautiful and tough. I admire the strength of your conviction. I humbly ask for prayers for Bolivia. Pray for protection, peace, and justice,” she said.
“For those who are asking, I will be in Toronto to spend meaningful time with my loved ones. Tuloy pa rin ang laban, Filipinas,” she added.
The Philippines first joined Reina Hispanoamericana, a Latina-dominated pageant, in 2017.
The country’s representative that year, actress Wynwyn Marquez, won the crown.