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The Miss Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte. Has approved in principle the proposal of a new-appointed Department of Tourism (DOT). Secretary Wanda Teo to have the Philippines host the 65th Miss Universe pageant.
President has agreed with her plans to bring back the global event to the country. Which she said will benefit the local tourism industry. The Philippines last hosted the Miss Universe pageant in 1994.
Teo earlier told local media. That if the international beauty contest is in the country. She wants to have it moved to May instead of the proposed date of January. She cited other big events scheduled at the start of the year. Such as the Chinese New Year celebration and the Sinulog festival.
“Medyo gipit kaya, we’ll ask them to move it,” Teo said.
Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach is set to return to Manila on Saturday. To further campaign the staging of the pageant in the Philippines. The DOT has confirmed that Teo will meet with Wurtzbach. Before her courtesy call with the President on Monday.
Teo will begin talking with possible sponsors. Once they know that the Philippines is the next host country. The DOT chief said the government will need to raise a budget of $12 million. Around P560 million for the event. “We are ready to seize the moment,” Teo said.
According to Teo. Segments of the month-long beauty pageant is going to be in Palawan, Boracay and Cebu. To showcase to the world not just Manila. But other tourist spots as well. The live telecast could take place in “The Big Dome”. Which is the name given to the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
The Miss Universe Organization has not commented on the subject. Members of its staff are going to arrive in the Philippines. On the weekend to close the negotiations.
If MUO and Fox Network accept the proposal to move the pageant to May. It would mean that Pia Wurzbatch would surpass Leila Lopes term. As the longest reigning Miss Universe titleholder (420 days).
Teo earlier said that the hosting of Miss Universe. Would have a greater impact on the country’s tourism promotion efforts.
“Once Pia announces, that Miss Universe is going to happen here. People abroad will start looking at the map and see where the Philippines is. And, we’re saying, we’d love to have you in PI,” she added.