Christi Lynn McGarry takes her turn during the question-and-answer round of Binibining Pilipinas 2015. Photo by Jay Ganzon for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA - Christi Lynn McGarry, the newly crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Intercontinental, will still represent the Philippines in the 2015 Miss Intercontinental pageant, despite earlier confusion surrounding her eligibility.
Stella Marquez-Araneta, founder of Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI), confirmed to ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual on Wednesday that the five title winners proclaimed last Sunday will keep their respective titles.
This, after speculation that McGarry will have to trade crowns with another winner, who would then be sent to Miss Intercontinental in her place.
The winners, who will represent the Philippines in different international pageants, also include: Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe-Philippines; Janicel Lubina, Binibining Pilipinas-International; Rogelie Catacutan, Binibining Pilipinas-Supranational; and Ann Lorraine Colis, Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism.
Earlier, Catacutan was rumored to be switching titles with McGarry, but, according to Araneta, "the girls are happy with the decision" to retain their respective crowns.
Araneta, in BPCI's official statement on Wednesday, clarified that McGarry will still be able to compete in Miss Intercontinental, and that Catacutan is still the country's representative to Miss Supranational.
The uncertainty as to McGarry's eligibility stems from her having participated in the 2010 Miss Intercontinental pageant, wherein she finished in the top 15. At the time, another national pageant, Mutya ng Pilipinas, was the local licensee of Miss Intercontinental.
Carla Jenina Lizardo, who won Mutya ng Pilipinas-Intercontinental, could not compete in the international pageant due to a family situation. She was replaced by McGarry, who was originally Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific.