THIS year’s Miss Universe will not be held in the Philippines, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Teo announced on Thursday, June 22 at the sidelines of the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism for Development.
“No Miss Universe this year. Baka (Maybe) next year,” Teo confirmed. She said that it may also be too soon to host another edition of the Miss Universe pageant in the country since it is scheduled for the last week of November.
Designer Rene Salud revealed in an interview with ABS-CBN that the country’s back-to-back hosting of the pageant would not push through considering the situation in Marawi City.
He added that Solar Entertainment President Wilson Tieng advised Teo to dismiss the proposal since the Philippines is undergoing some challenges.
“Parang nag-advise si Wilson kay Sec [Teo] na huwag muna dahil sa success of the last Miss Universe last year is hard to… hard to get even with kung hindi man ma-even with hindi pwedeng ma-surpass, especially ngayon na there’s a Marawi incident baka marami ang ma-offend. (Wilson advised the Secretary to not host the pageant yet because the sucess of the last Miss Universe last year is hard to get even with, or surpass, especially now that there is an ongoing Marawi situation and that may offend some people),” Salud said.
Salud’s creations were featured in a Mindanao fashion show with selected Miss Universe delegates as part of last year’s pre-pageant activities.
The Philippines hosted the Miss Universe pageant thrice: in 1974, when Margie Moran turned over her title to Amparo Muñoz of Spain; in 1994, with India’s Sushmita Sen as the winner; and in January 2017 when Pia Wurtzbach crowned Iris Mittenaere of France. (With reports from Jennifer Soriano/AJPress)