Last New Year's eve, a Colombian national named Noider Almanza Barraza received tons of hate from the Filipino community for burning the effigies of the reigning Miss Universe Pia Alonso Wurtzbach and the pageant's host, Steve Harvey. But on January 3rd Barraza posted his apologies on his Facebook account.
He explained that the videos of him burning effigies of multiple personalities were actually a tradition in their country and was a sign of moving forward to the next year. He then apologized to the Filipinos who were offended by the act and revealed that he was sad that it was taken against him. He mentioned that he was not the only one who performed this Colombian tradition.On his last post, Barraza asked for forgiveness. He even had deleted his photos and videos of the effigies burning and set his Instagram account to private.
Barraza along with other Latin – Americans burned the effigies of Steve and Pia on New Year’s Eve and then posted it on their social media accounts. This tradition is called Ano Viejo or Old Year in most of the Latin – American countries performed on New Year’s Eve. They burned effigies of the controversial personalities of the previous year by midnight.