Colombian burns Philippine Miss Universe effigy, says sorry

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Colombians-Burns-Miss-Universe-EffigyA video went viral on the Internet with a Colombian man burning an effigy of Pia Wurtzbach, the Philippine lady who won the recent Miss Universe pageant, in public on New Year’s Eve in the northern Colombian city of Barranquilla, in what many viewers feel to be a distasteful exaggeration of the Colombian tradition of burning effigies to ward off bad luck for the year.

The man, identified as Noider Almanza Barraza, apparently also burned a replica of Miss Universe coronation night host Steve Harvey and uploaded the movie on his Facebook page.

Wurtzbach’s effigy was wearing a blue gown similar to the one worn by her during the finals of the Miss Universe contest last month. It also had what appeared to be a photo of Wurtzbach wearing the Miss Universe crown and a sash with “Philippines” written on it. The video had a caption written in Spanish which translated as “Burning Ms. Philippines and Ms. Universe presenter last year 2015.”

The burning is obviously a reaction to Harvey’s blunder during the announcement of the winners at the pageant held in Las Vegas on December 20, where he mistakenly first announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner of the competition.

He later went up the stage and apologised for the wrong announcement before naming Wurtzbach as the new Miss Universe, who was handed over the crown. Gutierrez later said she felt “humiliated.”

To better understand the incident, it is important to know that the burning of effigies is a New Year’s Eve tradition in Latin American countries, where it is believed that the act wards off bad luck in the coming year. The effigies are burned at the stroke of midnight.

However, many Filipinos expressed outrage over the burning of the effigy and urged Colombians to better calm down.

Barraza meanwhile apologized for offending the people of the Philippines after the video spread and explained the act with the above mentioned tradition in his country.

At no time was my intention to hurt or offend the people of the Philippines. I am very sad… I apologise,” he wrote.

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A video went viral on the Internet with a Colombian man burning an effigy of Pia Wurtzbach, the Philippine lady who won the recent Miss Universe pageant, in public on New Year’s Eve in the northern Colombian city of Barranquilla, in what many viewers feel to be a distasteful exaggeration of the Colombian tradition of burning effigies to ward off bad luck for the year.

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Colombians-Burns-Miss-Universe-EffigyA video went viral on the Internet with a Colombian man burning an effigy of Pia Wurtzbach, the Philippine lady who won the recent Miss Universe pageant, in public on New Year’s Eve in the northern Colombian city of Barranquilla, in what many viewers feel to be a distasteful exaggeration of the Colombian tradition of burning effigies to ward off bad luck for the year.

The man, identified as Noider Almanza Barraza, apparently also burned a replica of Miss Universe coronation night host Steve Harvey and uploaded the movie on his Facebook page.

Wurtzbach’s effigy was wearing a blue gown similar to the one worn by her during the finals of the Miss Universe contest last month. It also had what appeared to be a photo of Wurtzbach wearing the Miss Universe crown and a sash with “Philippines” written on it. The video had a caption written in Spanish which translated as “Burning Ms. Philippines and Ms. Universe presenter last year 2015.”

The burning is obviously a reaction to Harvey’s blunder during the announcement of the winners at the pageant held in Las Vegas on December 20, where he mistakenly first announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner of the competition.

He later went up the stage and apologised for the wrong announcement before naming Wurtzbach as the new Miss Universe, who was handed over the crown. Gutierrez later said she felt “humiliated.”

To better understand the incident, it is important to know that the burning of effigies is a New Year’s Eve tradition in Latin American countries, where it is believed that the act wards off bad luck in the coming year. The effigies are burned at the stroke of midnight.

However, many Filipinos expressed outrage over the burning of the effigy and urged Colombians to better calm down.

Barraza meanwhile apologized for offending the people of the Philippines after the video spread and explained the act with the above mentioned tradition in his country.

At no time was my intention to hurt or offend the people of the Philippines. I am very sad… I apologise,” he wrote.

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