- The Miss Universe pageant could be held in the Philippines in 2017
- Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said Philippines is the frontrunner to host the pageant
- Teo has met with Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart
The Miss Universe pageant could be held in the Philippines in 2017.
In an article that was posted on Northbound Philippines News Online, it was disclosed that new Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo told reporters that she has met with Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart.
“I had a meeting with Paula Shugart and made a proposal to have Miss Universe held here but I have to get the approval of the President first,” Teo said.
Miss Universe is an annual international beauty pageant that is run by the Miss Universe Organization. Along with Miss World and Miss Earth, this pageant is one of the most important and publicized beauty pageants in the world.
The Tourism chief noted that holding the pageant in the Philippines would give the country more exposure. It could also help entice tourists.
“I was told that there would be around 100 candidates that would come,” she stated. To note, according to Wikipedia, Miss Universe, is held in more than 190 countries worldwide and seen by more than half a billion people annually.
Should the proposal pushes through, the DOT secretary stated, the Miss Universe events will be done in different provinces in the Philippines.
Earlier, reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach expressed support for the call to have the Philippines host a Miss Universe pageant again. The country has hosted the Miss Universe only twice in the pageant’s history, in 1974 and 1994.
Last January, Shugart said she believes that this is the right time to hold the pageant again in the Philippines.
“For years, I’ve talked about someday having the pageant here. I do know that with Pia right now, the entire worldwide focus is on the Philippines. I think it’s a great opportunity. I would love to be able to make it work. We’ll see,” she expressed.