Colombians burn Pia Wurtzbach, Steve Harvey effigies to ring in 2016

MANILA, Philippines – On New Year's Eve, Colombians observed their tradition of burning effigies to ward off bad luck for the year, but with a twist: the faces on some of the effigies included Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and US comedian Steve Harvey, the 2015 Miss Universe coronation night host.

A video of the effigy-burning activity was posted on Facebook on Friday, January 1, by user Noider Almanza Barraza, and has since gone viral. In it, effigies of  Pia and Steve are being burned.

Noider turns the camera around after a while, and smiles, waves, and cheers. Other cheers and festive music is heard in the background as well.

De esta manera se quemó misa philipinas y el presentador de misa universo el año viejo 2015... Posted by Noider Almanza Barraza on Thursday, 31 December 2015

The video was reposted on the Senyora Santibanez Facebook page on Saturday, January 2. Many Filipino social media users called out Noider and Colombians on being "bitter" about their bet's loss at the Miss Universe pageant.

The burning of effigies, called año viejo (old year), is a New Year's Eve tradition in Latin American countries, where it is believed that the act wards off bad luck in the coming year. The effigies are burned at the stroke of midnight too. 

Other Latin American social media users who observe the tradition have posted photos of their effigies of Pia and Steve too.

."El Año Viejo" Guess who's going to be burned this year... yep: @IAmSteveHarvey — Carlos Lugo (@CabetoLugo) December 25, 2015

@tvnnoticias @SueltaElWichi @PanamaRTweet @TuManana13 @buenosdiastvn Aqui con #SteveHarvey autor: @Artesvictor1 — Victor Alvarez (@Artesvictor1) December 24, 2015

El ingenio de los colombianos no tiene fin, especialmente al elaborar los tradicionales muñecos de Año Viejo. — EL MERIDIANO (@MeridianoWeb) December 28, 2015


On December 20, Pia won the Miss Universe title in Las Vegas, after host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Colombia's Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner. Steve apologized for his mistake after.

Ariadna has since spoken up about the incident on Colombia’s W Radiosaying that the experience humbled her and the rest of the Latin community present at the pageant. –

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