The Philippines’ bet for Miss Universe, Jennifer Barrientos was given an official Miss Universe sash that misspelled her country’s name. “Philippines” was spelled with two Ls instead of one.
In a photo published in seattlepi.com’s Miss Universe Gallery, picture number 22 shows that Barrientos wore the misspelled sash, while sitting with Madina Taher, Miss Germany; Charlotte Labee, Miss Netherlands; and Vera Krasova, Miss Russia, during a party on June 20th.
Reports said it took almost three days for the Miss Universe Organization to correct the error. Other reports say the error remains in the official program book.
In an exclusive statement sent to abs-cbnNEWS.com by Lark-Marie AntÃ³n, the spokeswoman of the Miss Universe Organization, she admitted that a mistake was committed but said they instantly rectified it.
“Unfortunately, there was an error which was immediately corrected,” AntÃ³n said.
AntÃ³n didn’t explain further regarding who was responsible for the error.
She just appealed to all Filipinos to support Barrientos by tuning in to the pageant.
“We hope the Philippines will be watching as Jennifer competes for the crown on July 13th on NBC,” AntÃ³n said.
Names of countries are occasionally misspelled on official pageant sashes, sometimes causing ill feelings.
During the 2006 Miss Earth pageant the official sashes for Guadeloupe and Bosnia & Herzegovina were misspelled- Guadaluope, Bosnia & Hercegovina.