Samantha Ashley Lo, 26, of the Philippines has yet to let the world know about her whereabouts. The beauty queen was reportedly deported from Paris, France back to the Philippines while she was on her way to Caracas, Venezuela.
Beauty pageant fans were surprised when Lo was missing during 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 where she was supposed to have a connecting flight. But she was reportedly held at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris due to passport problems.
French authorities reportedly 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.
“Lo was treated like a criminal at the Paris airport,” sources told Tempo. “For 13 hours, no food and water for her.”
According to the publication, Lo was with her parents and Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. representatives when she met with government officials in the Philippines to talk about the problem. She could be fined 250,000 euros and imprisoned in Paris for five years, the publication quoted a government representative as saying.
If the sources’ claims are correct, it means Lo has been disqualified from Miss Grand International 2019. 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 in 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.”
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: