Will The Philippines Host Miss Universe For The Fourth Time In 2019?
Where will it happen, and who will sponsor it?
Talks about the country staging the world's most prestigious beauty pageant come 2019 are in the works.
Just this week, the three most recent Miss Universe titleholders—Pia Wurtzbach, Iris Mittenaere, and incumbent queen Demi Leigh Nel-Peters—were at Okada Manila's Cove to participate in the much-awaited Grit and Glam event.
The well-attended occasion saw the beauties go on stage with winners of the World's Strongest Men competition, lead a fashion show, and join in on fun games with the brawny gents, but it was revealed that there may be more to the Manila-based reunion of the three stunners.
During a press conference with Miss Universe Organization head Paula Shugart, she revealed that the Philippines is, indeed, being eyes for the pageant's 2019 edition, just two years after a successful staging in 2017.
Past interviews with previous Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo have hinted at the possibility and suggested that President Duterte himself is supportive of the opportunity.
Boracay, in particular, is being eyed as the next Miss Universe venue, or the setting for the pageant's swimsuit competition, at the very least. The move is being thought of as a way to promote the island's re-opening after its six-month closure ends in October, and to promote the country's tourism to international travelers.
As for who will be sponsoring the million-peso event, nothing has been finalized. Former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson shouldered a large portion of Miss Universe 2017 expenses (approximated to be P12 million), but has reportedly turned down the request to be the pageant's 2019 edition's patron.
Another undisclosed group has been approached.
With Filipinos' big love for pageants and their unmatched support for the Philippines' entries year after year, hosting Miss Universe 2018 would be considered one of the biggest honors for the country. The Philippines first hosted Miss Universe in1974, then in 1994 and 2016.
This year, Filipino-Australian model Catriona Gray will be vying for the Miss Universe crown for the Philippines.
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