In 2020, everything is already set in stone – national pageantry-wise. The country’s representatives to the Big 4 crowns – Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth – will be chosen separately from one another. Time was when three of the four franchises were held by BPCI. But things have significantly changed since then.
Miss Universe Philippines 2020
The search that everyone is expecting to be an all-star edition. I feel that it won’t really be crowded with previous national titleholders, though. Perhaps a few would be brave enough to take the risk. I expect more familiar names and faces instead, plus a good sprinkling of unfamiliar ones who have the potential to do well. And while I would prefer quality over quantity, it would not be too good for business to have just a small number of candidates, like 15. I anticipate the official line-up to still be in the 20s, bordering on 30.
And might I add that Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is likely to be the focal point for marketing and promotions.
Bb. Pilipinas 2020
With Bb. Pilipinas International as its biggest title at stake, BPCI will continue to pull out all the stops to make next year’s search just as exciting, if not as prestigious in the eyes of many. I know that ABS-CBN remains committed to the organization, so it would bear watching as to how the new campaign spin will roll out on the small screen. True, the issue of the network’s license renewal is still hanging on the balance. I still expect things to be planned out well. If not, the digital presence of the Kapamilya network would be a reliable backup just in case.
And might I add that Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is likely to be a recommended focal point for marketing and promotions, aside from Atty Bea Patricia Magtanong.
Also, the title of Bb. Pilipinas Grand International stays (if the feelers from my sources are to be trusted).
Miss World Philippines 2020
While things will remain quiet on the ALV front until the middle of next year, there are already rumors that one or two of the expected high-profile MUP2020 joiners will cross over to MWP2020 instead. It would be premature to name names at this point because their decisions are still wide open for changes.
But one thing is for sure. Miss World Philippines 2020 will have a stronger cast compared to the last.
Miss Philippines Earth 2020
Never have I bitten into talks that the national franchise of Miss Earth in the Philippines will be negotiated with BPCI. It just doesn’t make sense considering that Carousel Productions has built a decent pageant empire from scratch. Their sponsorships for both MPE and ME continue to rake in profits. No business-minded expert would easily give up on a revenue-generating asset just to earn extra media mileage. The organization has already mastered the game, especially that they have been in existence for two decades now.
Besides, the 2020 search has already been announced in social media. And the group has been screening applicants ahead of the other three.
So what does this all mean?
2020 will be uber busy – for both pageant watchers/fans/followers and yours truly. There will still be Mutya Pilipinas 2020 (which might have a surprise if all things fall in the right places) and the other smaller national pageants to keep us glued to more pageant news.
Merry Christmas to all!