Miss Universe Canada Riza Santos. (Photo courtesy Twitter/allumski)
Former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate Riza Santos will represent Canada in the Miss Universe pageant, following the correction made by Miss Universe Canada organizer Beauties of Canada (BOC).
During the coronation night held on Sunday, May 26 (Manila time), Riza was hailed as the first runner-up, while Denise Garrido was crowned as the Miss Universe Canada due to “human error.”
Beauties of Canada announced the correction in their official website, saying that an error was discovered while validating the results, which affected the final results of the beauty pageant.
“During the validation of the computerized scoring results (which occurs the following day), a typo was discovered in the top 5 entries, which significantly impacted the final results of the competition. This is the first instance of this type of error in the 11 years that Beauties of Canada (BOC) has produced the Miss Universe Canada pageant.”
“This is an unfortunate circumstance where a human error was made, and in such a situation, as difficult as it is, it is only right to correct the error.”
The results are:
1st runner-up Siera Bearchell
2nd runner-up Diana Martin
3rd runner-up Denise Garrido
4th runner-up Michelle McKay
BOC also extended their apology to Denise Garrido, who hails from Bradford, Ontario.
“We would like to offer our sincere apology to Denise Garrido for this human error discovered while validating the results. Miss Garrido’s example and grace represents all we look for at Miss Universe Canada. We have no doubt she will continue to succeed in her endeavours and we wish her well. We truly hope she remains a strong part of the Miss Universe Canada Organization.”
Riza, from Calgary, Alberta, will compete in the Miss Universe competition in December. Riza used to appear in ABS-CBN shows, such as “Palos” and “ASAP.”
“Beauties of Canada congratulates Riza Santos as the winner of Miss Universe Canada 2013 competition, and looks forward to working with her as she prepares to represent our country at Miss Universe 2013. BOC would also like to congratulate all the runners-up on their proper placements at the pageant, as well as the other 52 extraordinary young women who competed for the title in Toronto.”
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