Bea Rose Santiago who was Miss International 2013 has spoken strongly against sexual harassment after #MeToo like complaints were leveled at the recently concluded Miss Earth 2018 in the Philippines.
In a lengthy letter, Bea Rose Santiago wrote (we have edited some parts of it for convenient reading) that:
Sexual Harassment is real. Not just in pageants but everywhere.
I was molested when I was a child by a priest. He is still preaching somewhere in Masbate.
I was told “why are you born too late! or sus sayang ka Bea, kong napanganak ka lang mas maaga” by a pageant guy winner. I was 12 years old and he was 21.
I was once touched inappropriately by a well known businessman. This guy is a well known CEO of a big company. He even organized parties for girls who didnt win with his friends🤮 (I think “hoping” they stopped it)
The next time I met him I was a candidate and the organizers were there to see things thoroughly.
He couldn’t interact with us because the chairwoman was present and so as the chaperones. – still he was talking nonsense to us.
– We were at the congress or senate? when a Queen was touched (her behind) while taking a photo. She immediately told me (with a help me look) so i put my hand covering her back protecting her from the “old well known perv” We just won an international pageant but still.
– I was working when I posed with a middle aged man (I had a feeling he was a perv) so I put both my hands behind me. He still managed to “accidentally swing his hand touching my behind”
It happens. No matter how careful you are. No matter how Big/ popular/ old/ “religious” a person is, he can still be a pervert.
I still feel guilty for not speaking up and file complaints or slap the hell out of them. I guess speaking up now will help the future Queens.
– I am honestly really scared to speak up. I hope I wont regret this.