Reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray led beauty queens and pageant enthusiasts in cheering for Miss Philippines Samantha Lo who is now competing in Miss Grand International 2019 in Venezuela after she was detained in Paris, France and then deported several days ago.
“Slay them Kweeeeeeeen. Such an inspiration. Rise above all! And represent our country with pride!” said Gray on the comments section of Lo’s Instagram account.
Miss World 2003 Top 5 finisher Mafae Yunon Belasco said: “God bless you! We are all cheering for you.”
Miss Grand International 2016 first runner-up Nicole Cordovez of the Philippines commented: “Immeasurable bravery.”
Bb. Pilipinas 2019 semi-finalist Vicky Rushton said: “Yay! Go Sam!!!”
Miss Supranational 2018 semi-finalist Jehza Huelar posted: “Go Sam! We are all behind you!”
Reigning Miss Universe Philippine Gazini Ganados said: “Hala bira, Sam.”
Lo shocked the pageant world when she announced on Instagram around midnight Saturday that she has arrived in Venezuela to compete in Miss Grand International (MGI) 2019 pageant which will culminate on Oct. 25.
Earlier, it was reported that French authorities deported Lo for allegedly carrying a fake passport on her way to Caracas to compete in the pageant.
Days after Lo came back to Manila, she decided to fly to Venezuela for the international competition, according to her post on Instagram.
Sources said that this time, Lo carried an American passport to Venezuela.
Lo and the MGI uploaded arrival photos in Venezuela on social media. One of the photos showed Lo being welcomed by Nawat Itsaragrisil, President of Miss Grand International and Miss Grand Thailand.
On her latest post on IG, Lo said: “Time check 9:14 PM, please don’t forget to LIKE the official photo for Best in Swimsuit award on Miss Grand International’s FB page and to those who already voted, thank you. Good night.”
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Time check 9:14PM, please don’t forget to LIKE the official photo for Best in Swimsuit award on Miss Grand International’s FB page and to those who already voted, thank you ❤️ Good night ✨ . . . #missgrandinternational2019 #missgrandinternationalphilippines2019 #giveSAMLOve #forthephilippines