25 Nov Cagayan de Oro Is More dangerous than Afghanistan According to one Governor that caused New Zealand Pageant Queen to leave Philippines
Nicole Harding, New Zealand’s representative for Miss Pancontinental pageant fled Philippines and wrote a post on her Facebook page saying that she was saddened for she worked so hard to get to attend the pageant but with the lack of organization, climate and security it’s unsafe for her to stay longer in the country.
According to the 22-year old model, the contestants were told that all costs including accommodation in a five-star hotel would get covered by the said pageant. But as it turned out, they were moved out from a previous hotel a day after for the bill had not been paid and were forced to stay in a hotel that didn’t expect their arrival for a single night that she described as a “prison cell”, guarded by armed men and dogs. According to some sources, they stayed at a resort where the supposed Swimsuit Competition is to be held.
Then Harding said ‘We met with the Cagayan governor and he said it was not safe to be here, this place is more unsafe than Afghanistan’. Afghanistan is known for being number one place for human trafficking with people being kidnapped and use as sex slaves.
Harding then decided to leave the country before the pageant night which was planned to happen on November 26 in Metrowalk in Ortigas. Mila Manuel, New Zealand director of pageants assisted Miss Harding’s flights back to New Zealand. And according to pageant organizers, the Mister and Miss Pancontinental pageant will still go as planned.
Harding wrote in addition to her post on her Facebook page going home with “Thank you to everyone that has been there to support me through this experience and I am looking forward to touching down in New Zealand and seeing all of my friends and family.”