TACLOBAN City -- Former beauty queen-turned-Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez yesterday urged Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo to consider the city as a location segment of the prestigious Miss Universe pageant next year.
As the nation commemorates super typhoon Yolanda’s third year anniversary tomorrow, Romualdez, a former Binibining Pilipinas International 1996, said her suggestion will help promote disaster management and remind the whole world on the huge task of finishing the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Yolanda-stricken areas.
Romualdez expressed high hopes that the country’s hosting of the prestigious beauty tilt will usher in a new hope for the victims of the monster storm following the slow rehabilitation program of the previous administration.
As previous beauty pageants inspired worthy charitable causes abroad, Romualdez said the optimism is high that the 2017 Miss Universe pageant will bring back globally the humanitarian efforts shown in the aftermath of Yolanda.
“We are appealing to include Tacloban City in the segments of Miss Universe for worthy cause. Surely, this will further promote disaster management and remind the world of the bigger task of rehabilitation that is yet to be completed,” said Romualdez, whose district was one of the hardest-hit Yolanda areas.
Teo earlier announced that the segments of the beauty contest will be held in tourist sites like Palawan, Boracay and Cebu.
Romualdez congratulated anew President Rodrigo Duterte, Wanda and reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach for securing the privilege to host the pageant to be held on January 30, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Allow me to congratulate your successful efforts to secure next year’s hosting of the Miss Universe pageant here in the Philippines. This opportunity is not only a source of pride for our people, but will definitely result in a significant boom on our tourism,” Romualdez said in her letter to Wanda.
Romualdez also vowed to help the DoT in her own little way for the successful hosting of the Miss Universe.
“With this in mind, I will be happy to be of assistance in any way possible. Thank you very much and please be assured of my ready support for this and for your department’s other initiatives,” Romualdez told Teo.
Teo said the Duterte administration will not spend on the pageant, estimated to cost $11 million, since several individuals and private companies have expressed interest to sponsor it.
The Leyte lady solon said the hosting of the next Miss Universe pageant will be a big boost to the country’s tourism and encourage new investments that could provide jobs and elevate the Philippines’ national pride.
“This will be a big boost to tourism, encourage new investments that would provide jobs and elevate the Philippines’ national pride.
“This will make the Philippines a venue for more big international events that would surely boost the tourism industry and attract additional investments,” she said.
Romualdez pointed out that hosting an international beauty pageant, especially the Miss Universe, is as “illustrious as winning the crown itself” because beauty contests have been a global phenomenon for decades.
“By hosting the event, we already won the competition because it signifies that we live in a prosperous, peaceful and orderly nation,” Romualdez explained.
She stressed that beauty pageants should be supported because these promote good advocacies and show global humanity and humility.