• Megan Young coming home next week


    Newly crowned Miss World Megan Young is coming home on Thursday, and a big welcome is being readied for her.

    Young, who flew directly to London after winning the pageant title in Bali, Indonesia, on September 28, revealed that she will visit the Philippines in her Twitter account Friday night (Manila time).

    Young, or @meganbata, posted: “Had the chance to be on BBC earlier and was interviewed by @LucyHockingsBBC :) also, coming home next week!”

    The actress and model will be spending much of her time in London, where the Ms. World organizer is based.

    On Saturday, Ms. World Philippines franchisee and director Cory Quirino also confirmed that Young was arriving next week. In an ABS-CBNNews.com report, she said, “Pauwi na siya. Darating siya Thursday.”

    Quirino said there will be a motorcade for Young on Ayala Avenue in Makati City on Friday afternoon.

    The 23-year-old Olongapo City resident is the first Filipino to be crowned Miss World.

    In a related development, there is a big chance that an international bikini competition will be held in Palaui Island in Cagayan next year.

    Officials of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) said producers of the US reality TV series “Survivor” who filmed the show’s 27th season in Palaui were looking at the island as the venue for their bikini contest.

    “We were informed that Palaui is again considered for another shoot, this time for another kind of a show sometime in 2014,” one official said. No details however were revealed.

    It was learned that the contestants for the show will be coming from different countries all over the world.

    Jose Aldeguer, CEZA senior deputy administrator, said the filming of Survivor took four months and was completed on August 17. It was shot entirely in Palaui with a few segments in Peñablanca town’s Callao Caves in Cagayan.

    “I was told by Nikolo Juban of the Reality TV Asia, who was also the location manager of the Survivor’s 27th season, of the great possibility of Palaui hosting the international bikini event,” Aldeguer said.

    Aside from the Bikini Open event, Information Officer Benjie De Yro of the Philippine Information Agency for Region 2 said at least three major international film makers are eyeing Palaui as a location for their shoots: Columbia Pictures, 21st Century Fox and Golan Films.

    Inhabited by the indigenous Aeta or Agta tribes, Palaui is a 7,415-hectare government-declared protected marine area.

    It was named as among the 100 most beautiful islands and beaches by US-based Cable News Network (CNN).

    Lying along the South China Sea-Pacific Ocean coast, the island is managed jointly by CEZA and the Protected Area Management Board of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

    Also ranked as 10th on CNN list, Palaui was cited for its white sand meeting volcanic rocks and blue green water.

    Euden Valdez and Leander C. Domingo


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