MANILA – It was another instance of a beauty pageant host forgetting to announce that the Philippines won.
Miss Globe 2016 was held in Albania last week, with India’s Dimple Patel proclaimed winner.
The Philippines’ representative, Nichole Manalo, made it to the pageant’s Top 10 and won the Dream Girl of the World special award.
But on Monday (Manila time), it was announced that Manalo actually finished third runner-up, while South Africa’s bet was fourth runner-up.
A belated proclamation was held for Manalo, with organizers explaining that the emcee was unable to read the envelopes in time.
“Just to explain to everyone why the third and fourth runner-up weren’t announced,” national director of Miss Canada Globe Mia Santa Ana Pilar said in a Facebook live video. “Again, the emcee forgot to take the third and fourth runner-up envelopes which were already together with the first and second runner-up envelopes and the winner.”
Manalo, for her part, said: “To all my kababayans, actually I’m very much humbled to receive this crown. But what I’m really grateful about is knowing that you have believed in me and you were with me through this journey.”
Meanwhile, actress and Miss Universe Philippines 2009 Bianca Manalo took to Instagram to say that she is proud of what her younger sister has achieved.
“Congratulations to my baby sister for winning third runner-up [in] Miss Globe 2016. We are so proud of you,” she wrote. “Love you, Nic. I’m sure daddy Rod is the proudest father in heaven.”
In December last year, host Steve Harvey mistakenly declared Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as Miss Universe 2015, only to return on stage to say that the Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach is the real winner.
Harvey, who has since apologized for the mix-up, will host the next edition of Miss Universe in the Philippines on January 30, 2017.