- Cagayan de Oro representative Vincy Vacalares backed out from the upcoming Miss Universe Philippines 2020
- She said despite following health protocols, she still got infected with COVID-19 and is now admitted in a hospital in Manila to recover
- Vacalares is the second beauty queen who withdrew from the competition due to COVID-19
Another Miss Universe Philippines 2020 contestant has withdrawn from the pageant after testing positive for COVID-19.
Cagayan de Oro representative Vincy Vacalares revealed on Instagram that she tested covid positive last Oct. 14. She said that despite following the health protocols, she still got infected and decided not to continue in the competition.
“This means that I will not be able to continue with my journey to the Miss Universe Philippines crown this year,” Vacalares said.
“My team and I did all our best to strictly follow all the health and safety protocols, but still the virus hit me. To those I had close contact with, please inform the City Health Officers so they can also check on your state. I pray that you are safe from the virus,” she said.
Vacalares said that she is now in “good hands” as she is confined in a hospital in Manila to recover.
“I sincerely apologize for what happened. Please be always on the lookout for your health and safety,” she added.
Vacalares is the second beauty queen who had to back out due to COVID-19. Earlier, Sorsogon representative Maria Isabela Galeria also announced her withdrawal from the pageant even after recovering from COVID-19.
The coronation ceremonies for Miss Universe Philippines 2020 is set to be held in Baguio City on Oct. 25.