Catriona and MUO President Paula Shugart
I wanted so much to end 2018 with a big bang. If only clarity on the issue of whether the Miss Universe franchise remains with BPCI or crosses over to LCS has been settled in the last few days, then it would make for an explosive year-end blog entry. But then again, that would be asking for way too much confirmation during the uber busy Holiday Season.
Pageants fans and followers are divided on the matter. But I reckon that – if we play by percentages – there would be a lot more who are in favor of the franchise staying put with Bb. Pilipinas to maintain the prestige of the country’s biggest national pageant as well as to preserve its glorious place on top of the pedestal in full hierarchial view of the entire Philippines. Besides, the record of the leadership of Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta is something that other National Directors can only hope to achieve in their lifetime.
On the other side of the coin, there is this side of business that doesn’t give much premium on sentimentality or loyalty or time-honored tradition. As the line goes, “…the only thing constant is change.” And with the ties that bind the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) and the LCS Group of Companies, the partnership could only move to a logical next step of having the franchise be placed under the latter’s care. That way, both MUO and IMG will have a more direct hand in controlling/advising how the brand is managed and sustained with progressive exclusivity.
This is me in the middle. Having grown up with Bb. Pilipinas, I would love to see MU stay with BPCI. But I’d also like to see how MU will grow nationally as a stand-alone pageant. I won’t take sides now. I will just let destiny speak for itself. Because with what I have been hearing, it could be a done deal – unless some kind of a unique arrangement can be finalized in the coming month or two.
Artwork by Henry Nicholson Labajo
Since the issue has not been settled yet, let me end 2018 with lyrics from the song written/composed by Prince and made more famous by Sinéad O’Connor because I personally feel that some of the lines simply fit:
Nothing Compares 2 U
It’s been seven hours and fifteen days
Since you took your love away
I go out every night and sleep all day
Since you took your love away
Since you been gone I can do whatever I want
I can see whomever I choose
I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant
I said nothing can take away these blues
‘Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you
It’s been so lonely without you here
Like a bird without a song
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me baby where did I go wrong…
Until we get an Official Statement, it will all remain a rumor. But a strong rumor, I must add.
There are talks that the ownership of the Miss Universe franchise for the Philippines will allegedly change hands very soon. And part of the loud whispers is that Richelle Singson-Michael of the LCS Group could be the new owner. I feel sad for BPCI should that happen.
I will keep you posted on this shocking development. If ever.
Richelle Singson-Michael and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray
PS Don’t be surprised if you hear rumors as well that the owners of Miss International and Miss Supranational are shopping around for new owners.
Seriously, I was no longer expecting this to arrive in the mail from the Miss Universe Organization. I almost made up my mind to just go to Bangkok for a vacation and watch the Miss Universe 2018 Finals as a treat (and to support our very own Catriona Gray).
But then again, this must be a sign for normannorman.com and I.
So it’s all set in the Land of Smiles! It will be tough, but I’m game for it. 😊🇵🇭🇹🇭👸
Seoul, South Korea?
or in Macau?
According to this interview made by PEP.ph with Gov. Chavit Singson (who still happens to be a business partner of the Miss Universe Organization), the 2018 edition will definitely not be happening in the Philippines.
Singson added that Mainland China is also out of the equation, giving the reason that the live staging cannot be held there. In its place, he gave two possible choices left – Macau and South Korea.
Macau has already been rumored as potential host many weeks back. Now as far as the entry of Seoul in the picture, Singson stated that the conciliatory talks between the US and North Korea along with South Korea could be a possible clincher to hold the pageant in Seoul since the likelihood of a Miss North Korea participating is starting to shape up nicely. Now what could be more newsworthy than that for our beloved beauty competition?
Your thoughts, dear readers?
Read the full article HERE so you can still be in the know on more details why Miss Universe 2018 will not happen in our country.
Guess who’s in town for tomorrow’s Grand Coronation Night of Bb. Pilipinas 2018? Miss Universe Organization Vice-President Shawn McClain @theshawnmcclain, that’s who! Photo shows him with Pageant Heels Maker Jojo Bragais during technical rehearsals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
It’s all up to you on how to read into his presence, dear readers.
In this post are photos of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach from her latest cover pictorial for PeopleAsia Magazine as photographed by Dookie Ducay (with makeup by Gery Penaso and hair by Raymund Santiago).
Queen P has safely arrived in Las Vegas by now in preparation for her judging of the Miss Universe 2017 finals this coming November 26 at The Axis of Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.
Some Filipinos are confident that since we have allies in both the Preliminaries (Cecilio Asuncion) and finals (Pia), the chances of Rachel Peters are better than ever. But do you honestly think that the latter can be easily swayed to judge our bet more favorably given that the Miss Universe Organization will definitely “suggest” their choices who are potentially beneficial for the pageant brand?
Be that as it may, I remain confident that Rachel will be a fierce contender. She won’t let this golden opportunity pass by, especially that there are serious talks of Miss Universe taking place in Manila once more. And that would be late next year. 😉