MANILA, Philippines — Binibining Pilipinas 2019 2nd runner-up Samantha Bernardo took to Instagram on June 18 to explain her absence from the Bb Pilipinas queens’ media rounds.
Samantha, who represented Palawan in the 2019 pageant, bagged the same placement she got in 2018. She’s been absent, however, from the winners’ media rounds so far – leading to some people calling her out for her supposed “attitude.”
“What I always read now on my social media is, ‘Samantha, you are too strong kasi. You are too rehearsed. You are too pageant patty, your makeup is so dark and so on.. that’s why you are a runner up again’ ‘Where is Samantha? She’s so bitter. Why is she not attending activities? She deserves to be 2nd runner up because she’s not fulfilling her duties now. She has a bad attitude and etc.”
“Dummy accounts, seriously?”
Samantha explained that she has been sick since the pageant’s finals night – and even before that. She’s also set to attend a wedding abroad – something she told the pageant organizers beforehand.
“Give me a break. I have fulfilled my duties as 2nd runner up last year and I must admit that being 2nd runner up again this year was quite a shock. But I know truly in my heart that I gave my all, I deserve better and that I have no regrets,” she said.
The 26-year old said that she respects the decision of the judges and and that unknown to many, runners-up are not required to attend all activties.
“I fully respect and trust the decision of all Bb. Pilipinas judges that night on choosing the right queens and I have nothing against it. People should know that runners up are not required to show up on every activity, it’s our prerogative. So let’s stop the hate and let’s just focus on spreading love and positivity. Let’s support our queens and waste our energy on things that matter the most! I have served my purpose and I will continuedoing this whatever happens, with or without a crown.”
She also gave a message to her followers who may find themselves going through a similar situation.
“To anyone who’s going through tough times, please read: Don’t be afraid to start all over again. Don’t be afraid that your heart is hurting. It means your feelings are genuine. I went through a lot that I can only surpass with courage and acceptance and if you need to let go of whatever is hurting you, then do it to heal. DO IT BECAUSE WHATEVER HURTS YOU, SHOULD NOT BRING YOU DOWN, BUT TO RISE BEYOND WHAT IS NO LONGER WORTH KEEPING BURIED INSIDE YOU. Be brave, beautiful soul.”