You’re reading it right. No Filipinos are allowed to joined this year’s Miss Asia Pageant. This event is organized by the Asia Television Limited or ATV which is broadcast company in Hong Kong way back 1985. The event was stopped from the 2000 up to 2003 and was then relaunched in 2004. It is being participated by countries Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea, Japan, India, Singapore, Lebanon, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Vietnam.
In this year’s contest, the committee has decided to bring back the rules in 2007 wherein Chinese from various places are allowed to participate. However, this year, after the incident that has happened in the Philippines wherein a former Filipino police officer hijacked a tourist bus packed with Hong Kong citizens causing eight of them dead, the organization decided to not invite Filipino contestant. They are worrying that if a Filipino contestant comes to HK, she would be discriminated by others thus affecting the mood of the whole contest.
A spokesperson from ATV’s PR has confirmed the new with the following statement: “To prevent Filipino contestant feeling embarrassed after coming to HK, so they won’t be invited to compete in this pageant. Hong Kongers are still sad about this tragedy. In order to prevent Hong Kongers feeling embarrassed, this action doesn’t count as an abuse of power. We’re not discriminating Filipinos. We are considering their feelings, don’t want them to get hurt emotionally.”
The tragic hostage taking crisis in the Philippines lately has made the lives of Filipinos working and living in Hong Kong nowadays as they were facing discriminations and condemnations. The Philippine government is on the process of their investigation of the incident as well as allowing Hong Kong authorities to have their own under Philippine authorities’ supervision.