OB-GYNE certified: No transgender in Miss Bicolandia 2014, says organizer amid controversy

NAGA CITY—City Councilor Nene de Asis, chairperson of the Miss Bicolandia 2014 Beauty Pageant, clarified today that there is no truth to media reports that there is one transgender who is vying for the yearly beauty competition.
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Interviewed over BBS-DWLV in its primetime program, de Asis said that during the screening of the candidates, two obstetrician/gynecologist (OB-GYNE) doctors and nurses personally attended the screening process to avoid the inclusion of candidates who are not qualified.

“During the screening held at the Naga City Youth Center, all the candidates were personally screened by our officials. Also present during the screening is Mayor John Bonga’ts wife Farah Bongat, who is a nurse by profession,” de Asis clarified.

In the same interview, de Asis claimed that there is no problem with regard to the prizes that will be awarded to the beauty pageant winners.

A cash prize of P200,000 will be given to the grand prize winner plus an additional 2 days and 3 nights trip to Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Meanwhile, for this year’s Miss Bicolandia, the organizers raised the height requirement to a minimum of 5’5”.

The main objective is to give the candidates a fair chance to win, in case they join the national beauty pageant competitions, such as the Binibining Pilipinas pageant and other beauty competitions.

De Asis also said their committee had disqualified an applicant for the Miss Bicolandia Beauty pageant when she failed to present to the organizers a valid document proving that she is a Bicolana.

The city government of Naga tapped the help of Alex Cayetano, the City Local Civil Registrar here, to assist the pageant committee in doing the research for the birth certificates of interested participants.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM BICOL NEWS

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