MANILA - (UPDATED) "She passed away" became a hot trending topic on social media Thursday night after a Miss Philippines Earth contestant said in a TV interview that her roommate "passed away," instead of "passed out."
In a "TV Patrol" report by Mario Dumaual, contestant Pircelyn Pialago was asked why her close friend, Leslie Ann Pine, suddenly collapsed during the pageant's bikini competition on Wednesday.
"She passed away [sic] kasi she's really hungry," Pialago said.
"I kept on inviting her to eat breakfast but she didn't want to eat kasi we're under weight watch," she added. "There are like six girls who are under weight watch, for big tummies and stuff. We're not really allowed to eat much, so she's really depriving herself."
Pine, a Filipino-American representing San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija in the pageant, lost consciousness around midnight shortly after the awarding ceremony.
From Solaire Resort & Casino in Parañaque City, where the show was held, Pine was rushed to a hospital in Ortigas where she was diagnosed to have had "electrolytes imbalance." Pine was discharged from the hospital on Thursday morning.
On Twitter, shortly after the report aired, viewers of "TV Patrol" reacted to the wrong use of "passed away" in referring to Pine losing consciousness.
In a text message to ABS-CBN News, Pialago said she is sorry for incorrectly using the term, adding that she was "just really tensed [sic] about what happened to Leslie during that time."
"Can't imagine that this mistake will make me trending in social media. Sorry a lot! Please don't be too harsh, people," she added.