Quite a number of pageant fans are encouraging Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016 and Miss Grand International 2016 1st Runner-Up Nicole Cordoves to join Miss Universe Philippines 2020. And for good reasons at that. She has the command of communication that can comfortably blend with the new direction the Miss Universe Organization is heading to after the victory of Zozibini Tunzi last month. On top of having a mind of her own, she can also be a physical standout, having already proven herself during the international competition held in Las Vegas.
The questions are: 1) Will she do it? and 2) Is she still qualified to join?
1) Given that Nicole has already built a lucrative hosting career on TV and in an assortment of beauty pageants both national and provincial (not to mention her pageant coaching gigs), giving them up temporarily might prove difficult. You see, joining a national competition that could run for a minimum of 2-3 months would mean turning down offers to do hosting/mentoring (unless she wants to moonlight as such while fulfilling the demands of being an Official Candidate once more).
2) The age limit of the Miss Universe Organization states that “Miss Universe contestants must be at least 18 years of age and under 28 years of age on the date the National Pageant competition commenced.”. Technically, she will be cutting it close to the end numbers. She will turn 28 this coming April 15.
Now a second clarification is: which date is the MUO referring to as the “date the National Pageant competition commenced”? Will it be the time the Official Candidates are announced or the date of the Grand Finals? If my sources are true, the finals of MUP2020 is tentatively set for May 17, or more than a month after her 28th Birthday. But if the former is to be followed, then she’s still in. We should know who the contenders are by February.
I would be thrilled seeing her compete for Miss Universe Philippines 2020. Nicole and I have bonded more than a few times in the past. And I know that she has the goods to impress everyone. She can be a worthy Miss Universe representative under the right circumstances.