Miss World Philippines Organization head Arnold Vegafria expresses disappointment after Maureen Montagne declines the Miss Eco International crown

"What disappointed me even more was that she chose to join another local pageant instead--without even according proper courtesy to the Miss World Philippines and Miss Eco International organizations.”

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"What disappointed me even more was that she chose to join another local pageant instead--without even according proper courtesy to the Miss World Philippines and Miss Eco International organizations.”

Miss World Philippines Organization head Arnold Vegarfia expressed his disappointment last night, June 2, with Maureen Montagne's decision to not accept the crown offered by the Miss Eco International Organization in lieu of titleholder Suheyn Cipriani of Peru, who cannot continue her duty due to pregnancy.

The talent manager and national pageant director shared his dismay on Instagram saying:

"As Miss World Philippines National Director, I am greatly saddened to hear that Miss Eco International 2019 1st Runner-Up Maureen Montagne declined her privilege as the rightful successor of recently dethroned Miss Eco International 2019 Suheyn Cipriani from Peru.”

Vegafria enumerated some of the great opportunities the Filipina beauty queen missed after refusing the Miss Eco International 2019 crown and title, including the supposed back-to-back victory for the Philippines.

(The Miss Eco International 2018 crown was won by Cynthia Thomalla in Egypt).

"Being the next in line, she was automatically qualified to wear the prestigious crown which would have brought glory to our country, would have given her the rare opportunity to become United Nations Ambassador for Ecotourism, and possibly would've made pageant history with the country's back-to- back wins for Miss Eco International 2018-2019."

The Miss World Philippines national director also felt sore over that Maureen, who is now a contender for the Binibining Pilipinas 2020 pageant, chose to not properly inform both him and the Miss Eco International organizers before enlisting with Binibining Pilipinas.

"What disappointed me even more was that she chose to join another local pageant instead--without even according proper courtesy to the Miss World Philippines and Miss Eco International organizations,” revealed Arnold.

"This is a clear violation of the prestigious international pageant's rules and regulations since her tenure has not yet formally ended.

"Based on my dialogue with Miss Eco International founder Dr. Amaal Rezk, Maureen could've still accepted the crown and waited until September when she can formally relinquish her title--but she refused.

"Her conduct unbecoming of pageant queen is a clear deterrent to her loftier aspirations for yet another crown."

Despite the circumstance, Arnold ended his post by saying, "I still send her my blessings and wish her luck in all her future endeavors."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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By the way, Miss Eco International organization has decided to pass on the crown to the 2019 4th runner-up winner Amy Tinie Abdul Aziz of Malaysia to continue serving the responsibilities of the titleholder. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Maureen is yet to air her side regarding Arnold's statement.

It was on May 29 when Maureen shared on social media that she has decided to pursue her quest in Binibing Pilipinas instead of taking over the 2019 Miss Eco International throne.

"I have made a commitment to the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. full heartedly and I will continue to chase my dreams of competing on the BBP stage in the hopes of representing our country on the international stage," she said. 

"I am thankful for the opportunities I have been offered this week by the Miss Eco International Organization to whom I will always be thankful to, but I know deep down I need to do what’s right in my heart." 

As of this writing, the beauty queen has deleted the said announcement on her Instagram.

Before joining the 2020 edition of Binibining Pilipinas and receiving the offer from Miss Eco International organization, Maureen has already relinquished the Miss Eco Philippines crown last September 2019 to Kelley Day.

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