Do you think you’ve got what it takes to become a Miss Universe contestant? Besides looking great in a swimsuit, developing a solution for world peace and knowing how to tap dance, there’s something else that you’ll need…a passport!
Venus Raj had to find out the hard way that it wasn’t her looks, or the inability to smile and wave simultaneously that got her dethroned as Miss Philippines, it was the fact that she didn’t have a passport. Venus, 21 years old was dethroned as the reigning Miss Philippines after it was discovered that she did not have a valid passport. Obtaining the passport was the condition the Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI). Originally, BPCI officials discovered “inconsistencies” in her birth records and her personal testimonies that prevented her from obtaining a passport. Venus Raj was born in Doha, Qatar, to a Filipina mother and an Indian father. According to the Philippine Constitution, a person acquires the citizenship of his/her father or mother regardless of where he/she was born. Just like any other applicant, her birth certificate was submitted and authenticated and her passport was processed.
After much turbulence, Venus Raj, 2010 Miss Universe beauty pageant contestant from the Philippines finally got her passport from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Consular Office in Parañaque City.
Now that Venus got her passport – can she get the crown? We will all have to wait and see as the 59th Miss Universe beauty contest will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on August 23, 2010.
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