The very first Bb. Pilipinas-USA (BP-USA) pageant was successfully held at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts in Lawndale, California on July 27, which earned the support of Filipino beauty queens and celebrities, including Venus Raj, Anjanette Agbayari, Gel Santos Relos and Apl.de.ap, whose foundation is a beneficiary of the fundraising event.
While the coronation of the first Bb. Pilipinas-USA winner Geramie Dizon went smoothly, an issue that the BP-USA claimed to be affiliated with the Manila-based Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. has dampened the newly crowned queen’s parade.
To set the record straight, pageant organizers Mildred Deang and Atty. Norberto Reyes 3rd of Insider Productions sent the following statement to The Manila Times from L.A. to set the record straight:
“Bb. Pilipinas USA (BP-USA), along with our charitable beneficiaries for this year’s pageant—Apl.de.ap Foundation International and Mending Kids International—are very disappointed to learn that some false and malicious statements have been circulating, to the effect that BP-USA has claimed to be affiliated with the Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI), which operates the Bb. Pilipinas pageant in Manila.
“BP-USA is a registered US trademark owned by Insider Productions, LLC. As such, Insider Productions, LLC, is the only party authorized to use the registered name and logo of BP-USA, and no other party has the right to use this name and logo anywhere within the United States.
“At the risk of stating the obvious, neither BP-USA nor Insider Productions has ever held itself out as being affiliated in any way with BPCI. This has been made abundantly clear from the outset, and made glaringly obvious by the fact that BP-USA has always committed to send one of its finalists to compete in Miss Philippines Earth, the direct competitor of BPCI. Any suggestions to the contrary are patently absurd.
“Every worthwhile effort draws its share of detractors, but we remain undaunted. BP-USA and its supporters have helped raise thousands of dollars for the charitable beneficiaries of this year’s pageant.
“BP-USA is also committed to supporting the Philippine Department of Tourism’s ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’ tourism promotion campaign, and has devoted a substantial part of the pageant to this effort. Accordingly, this is the final and only statement that we will issue about this subject, as we consider our legal options.
“On behalf of Insider Productions, our generous sponsors, candidates, supporters, Apl.de.ap Foundation International and Mending Kids International, we thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you again next year for BP-USA 2014!”