The Pageant Queens was saddened to hear the news that Patricia Lae Ejercitado will not be able represent the Philippines in the Miss International Carnival Queen 2013 in Curacao on January 31, 2013 due to VISA problems.
The Philippine franchisee have not released any statement why Miss Ejercitado will not be to compete, though, no announcement from them regarding her participation. The fact is, they hold the franchise of the ICQ in the Philippines, her name and picture was submitted and was posted on the ICQ’s website.
What was the problem? Patricia told….Visa? Here’s a fact from the Curacao’s website…. “Generally tourists holding a valid passport may enter Curacao without a written permit and remain with us for a period of 14 to 30 days. However, several nationalities (e.g. Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Peru) must present a tourist visa as part of our entry requirements. A visa should be applied for at least one month in advance at any representation of the Netherlands (in the concerning country). US visitors require a passport to get back into the USA.”
Tourists should be in possession of:
A return or outward ticket on arrival
Sufficient funds for accommodations and food
The necessary documents for returning to the country of origin, or further travel elsewhere
The International Organizer should send an Invitation Letter to the franchisee with the delegate’s name authorizing her to represent her country. This should be submitted together with the basic requirements (passport, return ticket, bank statement, etc….) in the Embassy where the International Organizer is from. If the delegate and the franchisee are not able to accomplish these requirements, surely, visa will be denied and will not be granted.
But who’s to blame?
TPQ believes that since Patricia’s name and picture was submitted to the International Carnival Queen organizers, the Philippine franchisee should be responsible regarding her participation. Processing of papers should have been done right after she was appointed. Fund’s sourcing to shoulder Patricia’s expenses should be a combined effort of the franchisee, her handler and probably Patricia herself.
TPQ hopes that will not happen again in the future. Playing minds and setting expectations is a big no-no. TPQ still believes that Patricia Lae Ejercitado deserves to represent the Philippines in any international pageant.