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Newly crowned Miss Belgium faces racist abuse over her 'Asian heritage'

Komal Zaheer 01:45 PM | 24 Jan, 2018
Newly crowned Miss Belgium faces racist abuse over her 'Asian heritage'
BELGIUM: Angeline Flor Pua, the newly crowned Miss Belgium, has become a victim of racism after winning the coveted crown on January 13. Born to a Filipino couple in the Belgian city of Antwerp, the 22 year old beauty queen has been criticized for her Asian heritage.

Outraged, people took to social media to question her nationality, wondering why someone with an Asian heritage bagged the title. Angeline addressed the issue in an interview with BBC and said that she was shocked to hear the out pour of criticism as she had never faced racism over her heritage before.

In an interview with the BBC, she said, "Never, that's why I'm very shocked about the news happening these few days because I've never been confronted with those topics. I've always been accepted by the people at work, at school, everywhere”.

BBC released a video with the caption, 'It hurts a lot to read those things. The new Miss Belgium was crowned just four days ago but has already faced racist abuse on social media. Angeline Flor Pua, who was born in Antwerp to Philippine parents, has been talking about what the experience has been like and how she's addressing the hurtful comments’.

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Angelina said, "I've heard about the negative comments. Of course, it hurts a lot to read those things about myself because I know those things are not true. I can show my ID, my birth certificate to prove that I am a Belgian."

 

"I've heard about the negative comments. Of course, it hurts a lot to read those things about myself because I know those things are not true. I can show my ID, my birth certificate to prove that I am a Belgian."

According to one critic, "I call this Miss Philippines, not Miss Belgium”, while another one added, "Hopefully, it's not a lady-boy".

Most comments were laced with racism and criticism, however there were supportive comments as well. "Proud of Miss with the Asian roots," "The proof that Belgians are embracing diversity,"

"'Miss Belgium is not Belgian?' So what, she has to be a blonde white woman?"

The beauty queen shared a very strong and positive message for anyone who may have faced racial abuse.

She shared, "To the people who are victims of it, you know the best of yourself, you should not feel sorry because, you should be proud of who you are. You should be proud of who you are or what you are or where you come from. You are still a human [being] with a good heart. Just remember that”.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 28, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 263.9 266.15
Euro EUR 275.75 278.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 313 316
U.A.E Dirham AED 69.75 70.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 67.25 67.9
Australian Dollar AUD 178.5 180.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 644.19 652.19
Canadian Dollar CAD 187.5 189.70
China Yuan CNY 35.71 36.11
Danish Krone DKK 35.38 35.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 30.94 31.29
Indian Rupee INR 2.97 3.08
Japanese Yen JPY 2.50 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 793.10 802.15
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 57.02 57.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 156.69 158.69
Norwegians Krone NOK 24.46 24.76
Omani Riyal OMR 629.39 637.39
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 66.54 67.24
Singapore Dollar SGD 184.38 186.38
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 23.81
Swiss Franc CHF 263.01 265.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.38 7.53

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs209,600 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,990.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs157,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 178,500.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Karachi PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Islamabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Peshawar PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Quetta PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sialkot PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Attock PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujranwala PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Jehlum PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Multan PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Bahawalpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujrat PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nawabshah PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Chakwal PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Hyderabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nowshehra PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sargodha PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Faisalabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Mirpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220

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