It has been three days since the absence of Samantha Ashley Lo, 26, of the Philippines from the 2019 Miss Grand International welcome ceremony and press conference but there are still no confirmation about her whereabouts. According to sources, she has been disqualified from the international beauty pageant founded by Nawat Itsaragsiril in 2013.
To get to Venezuela from the Philippines, Lo traveled to Paris, France where she was supposed to have a connecting flight. But she reportedly has a problem with her passport so she was held at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris for 13 hours and was deported back to the Philippines.
Sources told Manila Bulletin that French authorities found out that Lo was carrying a fake passport. The passport of the Philippines’ representative to Miss Grand International 2019 was allegedly issued to a man.
“When Lo came back to Manila, she appeared shocked,” sources told the publication. “She only talked to her parents.”
If the sources’ claims are correct, it means Lo has been disqualified from Miss Grand International 2019. Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) is still mum about the whereabouts of the Cebu native.
The Miss Grand International 2019 welcome ceremony and press conference took place at TELEVEN TV Station in Caracas, Venezuela on October 15, 2019. The coronation night will take place at Poliedro de Caracas on October 25, 2019.
Among those who trained Lo was Nicole Cordoves, 27. Representing the Philippines, the latter was runner-up to Miss Grand International 2016 Ariska Putri Pertiwi, 24, of Indonesia.
“I’ve been with her in training and I’ve been checking her speeches so I’m really excited (with) what she’s gonna bring out during the pageant because I swear, wala siyang pinalagpas na step talaga (she really did not miss a single step),” Cordoves said of Lo in an interview with Philstar. “She did her homework and we should be very excited for that.”
“We don’t have a lot of time to train,” the Miss Grand International 2016 first runner-up continued. “There are lots of girls to ask for your help but only a few would make time that is why magaan ang loob ko kay Sam kasi siya talaga ang naghahabol (I feel good with Sam because it was he who was approaching me). She respects my time also. Hindi siya nagka-cancel nang biglaan (She did not suddenly cancel) so I know she really put a big fight this year.”
However, Lo was absent again during the Best in Swimsuit competition of Miss Grand International 2019 at the Tamanaco Intercontinental Hotel in Caracas on October 17, 2019. Whether or not the claims about her passport are true, it is unlikely for her to be still included in the international beauty pageant.
Born and raised in Florida, United States to a Filipino-Chinese father and a Cuban-Nicaraguan mother, Lo moved to the Philippines in 2015 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Cebu. Get to know more about her here: