There is light at the end of the tunnel. Or is there really one? You see, in this news article from abs-cbn.com, it gives all of us pageant fans and followers reason to hope that Miss Universe could happen for a third time. Not this year, but possibly in 2017.
I am not sure yet how the newly-started Duterte Administration will react to this potential hosting, but let’s play along. Shall we?
And if ever, Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach could be a judge instead of an outgoing titleholder crowning her successor in front of the Filipinos. What do you think, dear readers?
Here is the news item.
PH may host next Miss Universe pageant: DOT chief
Posted at Jul 01 2016 09:56 PM
Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach says she would like to pass on her crown in front of a home crowd. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr, ABS-CBN News
MANILA – The Philippines is the frontrunner to host the next Miss Universe pageant, the new head of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Friday.
DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo told ABS-CBN News that organizers of the New-York based international pageant have laid out to them their plans for the country to host the next edition to be held in January.
Should it push through, Teo said that local tourism will receive a significant boost. She also revealed that the win of reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, the country’s first title-holder in more than four decades, influenced the decision of organizers.
Wurtzbach has been vocal about her support for the call to have the Philippines host a Miss Universe pageant again.
The last time the country hosted the global event was in 1994. Wurtzbach said she wants to pass her crown to the next winner, in front of Filipinos.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News in January, Miss Universe president Paula 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,” Shugart said.
Teo said that the government already has plans to make the necessary improvements to local infrastructure to prepare for the pageant if a deal is finalized. She also plans to hold talks with stakeholders and sponsors in the coming months.
According to Teo, she aims to attract more than 10 million tourists in the country this year with the help of social media and by continuing the success of the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign.