This is a bit of an old news (a week-old news actually) but seriously, I just heard about this news now… I just discovered now that Akiko Lynne Centeno who represented Marikina City in Miss Philippines Earth 2014 is no longer part of the competition. It was news for me because Akiko was one of the ladies who caught my attention while going through the photos of the candidates. I felt that she was one of the stronger candidates this year. So what really happened?!? Quoting the official statement of Akiko via her FB page:
Good afternoon, everyone. I just want to let you know that I’m no longer part of MISS PHILIPPINES EARTH 2014. I tripped and fell badly yesterday. I have a broken bone and torn ligaments. The doctor adviced me to wear a cast for months. I’m in so much pain right now. Thank you so much to all my friends and relatives especially to my Mom and Mamita who supported me all the way. To Marikina City Government especially to Mayor Del De Guzman, Vice Mayor Cadiz, CA Melvin Cruz, and Councilor Jojo Banzon. To the tourism department staff especially to Miss Tet and Sir Ponci. To Sir Ryan Lim, Sir Albert Figueras, Charles Gomez, Jhang Agcaoili, Prince Hilario, Arah, Estrella, PLMAR, JV, and MIguel De Guzman for the undying support. To all the Marikenos and everyone who voted for me. To Tito Rodgil Flores who gave me a chance to be a part of KF family. To my Gold’s gym family especially to Sir Angelo Mendez and Coach James Volante. To my Carousel family, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Miss Philippines Earth 2014. All your support is greatly appreciated. THANK YOU
I wish Akiko a speedy recovery. There will always be a next year or next pageant for her. The most important thing is that she will be back to her fabulous self really soon!
With the departure of Akiko, Carousel Productions introduced a new delegate who will carry the flag of Marikina City and she is Karen Michelle Dela Paz. There is no online profile of Karen yet in the MPE website but I am hopeful that she will be representing Marikina well 🙂 Here is a photo of Karen from her FB page:
Karen looks good with big hair. She reminds me of Thai beauty queens. I would like to welcome Karen into the competition and I wish her the best!
Vote for Karen in our Miss Philippines Earth 2014 Poll. Click THIS to VOTE!