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Artist Jef Albea calls out Miss Universe PH for alleged unpaid trophies 

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Artist Jef Albea calls out Miss Universe PH for alleged unpaid trophies 

UNPAID. Artist Jef Albea claims that the Miss Universe Philippines Organization hasn't paid him for designing the MUPH 2024 trophies.

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(1st UPDATE) The MUPH Organization issues a statement denying Albea's accusations

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino visual artist Jef Albea took to social media on Wednesday evening, June 12, to air his grievances against the Miss Universe Philippines (MUPH) Organization for its alleged unsettled payments of his pieces for the 2024 pageant. 

Albea was listed as the official trophy designer for the MUPH 2024 pageant, whose coronation night was held on May 22.

Sharing a photo of the trophies he designed and crafted for the pageant, Albea claimed that the MUPH organization “refused to pay” him.

“All the effort, dedication and passion I put into creating these pieces, ended up ignored and disregarded when payment was due,” he said.

Now that he has publicized his sentiments, Albea said that he won’t be needing nor accepting “a single centavo” from the MUPH organization, adding that artists should be treated with respect. 

He emphasized that artists put a lot of effort in honing their respective craft, and their creations shouldn’t just be part of an exchange deal. 

“I fiercely advocate for my fellow artists with unwavering passion, not all artists can take and afford this mistreatment,” he ended his post. 

On Thursday, June 13, the MUPH Organization issued a statement denying Albea’s claims, attesting that it had communicated with his staff on the matter.

“We categorically deny that the MUPH Org, neither refused to pay, disregarded or ignored payment for the trophies. In accordance with the standard procedure of billing for suppliers to sponsors, MUPH needs proper documentation for the said transaction,” the pageant organization wrote.

The MUPH organization added that it would “not hesitate” to take legal action to address the artist’s “unfounded accusation.” – Rappler.com

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