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‘Palit-puri’ rocks Miss Earth pageant; sponsor tagged in harassment case to be axed

/ 04:00 PM November 08, 2018
Miss Guam Emma Mae Sheedy

Miss Guam Emma Mae Sheedy

Here’s a version of the “palit-puri’ scheme at the Miss Earth 2018 beauty pageant.

Organizer of Miss Earth 2018 confirmed the removal of the sponsor who allegedly sexually harassed three candidates during the international beauty pageant held in the Philippines.


“Tatanggalin na,” Lorraine Schuck, Executive Vice President of Carousel Productions that runs the Miss Earth pageant, said Thursday in an interview on CNN’s Balitaan.

Schuck recounted how the pageant’s team managers immediately took action after finding out what happened to Miss England Abbey-Anne Gyles-Brown and Miss Canada Jaime VandenBerg.


“Even during the time, the team managers took action na without me knowing pa or they didn’t tell me yet. They took the girl who felt uncomfortable to the bus na,” she narrated.

And when she found out about it, she said she talked to them to know what really happened: “I was told by England that they were inviting them to go to Boracay, to tour, ganon. And parang nagiinsinuate daw ng something in return.”

Schuck said she asked Gyles-Brown why she didn’t immediately tell their team manager the details.

“The reason why she didn’t tell her team manager about it, baka daw matatanggalan siya ng points. Sinabi ko sa kanya ‘di ka matatanggalan ng points,’” the EVP said.

The following day, Schuck said she called the sponsor, Amado S. Cruz, who was named by Miss Guam Emma Mae Sheedy in an Instagram post on Thursday.

“Bakit mo ginaganyan ang mag babae?” So syempre sabi nya ‘wala naman akong kwan, tinatanong ko lang naginvite lang ako,’” Schuck narrated.

She said they banned him from the pageant’s events, contrary to what Miss England claimed that he still showed up at a preliminary event and the coronation night.


Schuck, however, did not deny that Cruz still attended the coronation night, saying “How can I stop naman it’s a public place? We give out tickets.”

VandenBerg, Gyles-Brown and Sheedy all took to Instagram on how they were sexually harassed during the Miss Earth pageant in the Philippines./ac

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I left to compete at an international pageant in the Philippines about a month ago. I was so excited because I had been to the Philippines before and loved the country and the people; however, the experience with the pageant was not what I had expected. I left Miss Earth because I did not feel safe under their care. The second day of the pageant I felt uncomfortable because a sponsor from the first night was given my phone number, without my consent, and was calling me asking for my hotel and room number. I gave my phone to a team manager so that she could resolve the issue, but it did not work. He showed up to almost all of my events telling me he could take care of my needs and asked for sexual favours in exchange to get me further in the pageant. I was disgusted. He showed up to a hotel some girls were staying at and when I ran into him he continued to ask for my room number. I was lucky I wasn’t staying at that hotel. After so many strange calls, I recognized his phone number and was able to block it. At an event at the Manila Yacht Club he took all of the delegates in my group to his yacht and had some girls take sultry photos. Again, I was disgusted. Later in the pageant we had another sponsor event at the Manila Yacht Club and he was telling girls he could take them to Boracay, as long as we didn’t tell any one. A group of us left to sit out side as we did not feel comfortable. He followed us outside and was upset we were not dancing with him. The team mangers laughed and told us to be nice. Eventually we were allowed to go and sit on the bus because we refused to go back to his yacht. Six girls and myself left because we felt unsafe at that event. I asked many times why more girls weren’t given the option to leave but, was never given an answer. That night a few of us were given the opportunity to bring our concerns to Miss Lorraine, the woman in charge of the pageant. I went through almost two weeks of sexual harassment before I anything was done about it. I was told he would not be around any more, but I had advised Lorraine of several other issues that were not resolved. Miss Peachy, another employee of the pageant, spoke with me at an event about…

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My personal encounter @missearth. • It’s time to speak up about my personal experience. I have been in close contact with my national director and all incidents have been noted. I have worked very hard for my title of Miss Earth England and as I have previously mentioned I took 4 years to get to the top and win my place at the Internationals. I was elated to finally represent England over in the beautiful Philippines. My trip was a rollercoaster of emotions, stress and endurance and I did not leave the pageant as I was not going to miss out on the experience. I have many beautiful memories of my time here in the Philippines and many wonderful days. I met happy Filipinos who showed me such kindness and respect. I enjoyed 50% of my trip but the other 50% was over shadowed by feeling exploited, vulnerable, unnerved & sexually harassed as I was approached by a sponsor on many occasions who asked for sexual favours in exchange for the Crown. This happened at Manila Yacht Club on a sponsored evening meal away from the team managers behind closed doors. The sponsor also tried to find out what hotel and room I was staying in. Myself and Canada approached Team Manager to express our disgust only to be laughed at. Another official attendee of the night told me not to cry as I would ruin my makeup! There was no respect or compassion shown to myself or Jaimie. I felt traumatised by this experience and had many sleepless nights. I was not sure who had my personal details including my mob number and hotel room. It was not only myself and Canada who were approached on this night but other delegates who I believe are going to come forward and tell their side of the story. I approached Lorraine Schuck who is the Vice President Of Miss Earth she informed me that the sponsor would be removed from all contact with contestants but this did not happen. As other groups experienced the same issue. Myself and @missjaimeyvonne removed ourselves from this uncomfortable environment and sat on the bus away from further exploitation. This is one of many incidents we faced during our Miss Earth Journey! The said sponsor in fact show up at a prelim event and also attended the Coronation night

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