IT’S final, the next edition of the Miss Universe pageant will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena on Jan. 30, 2017.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo confirmed yesterday that the Miss Universe coronation night will be held in the country amid rumors that the upcoming pageant will be cancelled because of President Rodrigo Duterte’s derogatory and atrocious remarks against some women.
“After all that’s been said and done, I happily welcome on behalf of the DoT the latest announcement of the Miss Universe Organization through Pia Wurtzbach that finally the Philippines will indeed play host to the much awaited 2016 Miss Universe pageant,” Teo said.
“This is one proud moment for all of us Filipinos to be a witness to the reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach of Cagayan de Oro as she takes her final walk and passes her crown in her home country,” Teo added.
The Philippines’ candidate for the pageant is Maxine Medina, a 25-year-old interior designer and model who will make her bid to succeed Pia Wurtzbach, the first Filipina to win the Miss Universe title in over four decades. The two other winners of Miss Universe were Margie Moran (1973) and Gloria Diaz (1969), mother of actress and model Isabelle Daza.
The country has hosted the pageant twice - in 1974 and 1994.