By Marisol Bo-oc | 04:34 PM August 08, 2021
Former Miss Universe Catriona Gray has stopped accepting new applicants for her online learning platform on Nas Academy.
She was expected to teach self-confidence and overcoming insecurities.
Catriona issued the statement through Cornerstone Entertainment, her official management agency, on Sunday, Aug. 8, following the recent controversy surrounding Nas Daily.
Earlier, Catriona was dragged to the issue of content creator Nas Daily after some netizens urged her to take a stand on Nas Academy.
Netizens have urged the Australian-Filipino beauty queen to speak out on the backlash.
The netizens also asked broadcast journalist Jessica Soho to take a stand on the issues.
Five days ago, the famous Internet content creator Nuseir Yassin, better known as Nas Daily, has featured Catriona’s inspiring story, from her financial struggles to winning Miss Universe in 2018. The beauty queen’s story was featured via a six-minute video on Facebook of the popular content creator.
The controversy began when Whang-od’s grandniece Grace Palicas revealed that Nas Daily’s Whang-od Academy is a “scam.”
In a now-deleted post on Facebook that was posted on August 4, 2021, Apo Whang Od’s grand-niece, Gracia Palicas, warned that Nas Academy’s course on “Ancient Tattooing” wasn’t real and is a scam, saying that her grandmother did not sign any contract with Nas Daily and his team to do such thing.
She also added that their village was concerned with some people profiting and exploiting their culture, and urged others to help stop the disrespect being done to the legacy of Apo Whang Od and the Butbot tribe.
Filipinos online were shocked and rallied behind Palicas, asking Nas Daily to explain himself, to take down the course on Ancient Tattooing, and to call him out on his blatant Pinoy baiting. As of writing, the said course has been taken down from their site (although temporarily).