Colombian Apologizes For Video Of Burning Pia Effigy

It’s not for the reason you think it is.

In the midst of the 2015 Miss Universe hullabaloo, the internet has yet again gone ablaze on the burning effigy of Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, posted on Facebook by a certain Noider Almanza Barraza, a Colombian.

Miss Universe Pia Alonzo burning effigy

Days after the video had gone viral and received a backlash from netizens, the Colombian took down the video from his Facebook page, posting an apology through a status update.

Barraza apologized for offending the people of the Philippines, explaining that the effigy-burning was actually a Colombian tradition, wherein Colombians burn effigies of “characters or things that caused controversy in the year” and leave them behind in the past, in order to start anew in the coming year.

The 2015 Miss Universe made headlines when host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia, 21-year-old Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner, only to rebuke his statement in public and later on announced Pia Wurtzbach as Miss Universe.

Facebook Colombian burning effigy


This effigy burning is referred to as año nuevo (new year), a tradition in Latin America performed before the year ends.

Glad that was settled!

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