Sunday, January 3, 2016

LOOK: Ethel Booba 'burns' Colombian effigy

MANILA - Comedienne Ethel Booba on Saturday took a page from the Colombians and "burned" her own effigy.

In her Twitter account, Booba posted a photo of her holding a lighted torch, with an effigy beside her.

The effigy featured the body of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, but with the face of the Colombian who burned an effigy of the Filipinas beauty queen for New Year's Eve.

In her caption, Booba said: "Kalma lang guys. Ako bahala. Babawi tayo sa sunugan ng effigy. Charot!"

The post came after a controversial video showing a Colombian burning an effigy of Wurtzbach.

The video, which was uploaded on Facebook by a certain Noider Almanza Barraza, has since been taken down. Barraza also posted an apology for what he did, explaining that it was part of their tradition.

He added that they traditionally burn effigies of things or events that caused controversy in the previous year, leaving them behind as the new year begins.

Barraza also said he did not intend to offend or hurt Filipinos, and that he is very sad and sorry for what happened.

His video came nearly two weeks after Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was erroneously crowned as Miss Universe 2015.

During the live telecast of the international pageant held December 20 in Las Vegas, American TV host and comedian Steve Harvey made a mistake of announcing Gutierrez as the winner instead of Wurtzbach.