Up until the end of October, it was uncertain whether the Miss Universe 2016 Pageant would still be held in the country as planned, due to controversies in the global front set off by the unconventional Duterte Administration.
As November unfolded, however, the confirmation that the prestigious international beauty contest will indeed happen in the Philippines was made no less by the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) in an email to the pageant’s national directors/franchise holders around the world, directing them to send their candidates to Manila by January 13, 2017. The grand coronation night is scheduled for January 30, 2017 Mall of Asia Arena.
Global Beauties, an organization asserting itself as the “Home to Grand Slam of Beauty Pageants,” picked up on the digital communication, which they published on their website. Top beauty pageant advocate Missosology likewise shared the same information, which was relayed to them by several national directors.
On November 3, Department of Tourism Undersecretary Kat De Castro acknowledged MUO’s confirmation and posted on her Twitter acount, “Yes, [the 65th edition of the]Miss Universe is happening in the Philippines. I was asked by the Secretary to oversee the events on the DOT side. Today is the start of the busiest months of my life. We can do this.”
De Castro also shared a video of Wurtzbach where the reigning Miss Universe happily announced, “Hi guys! Mabuhay! I’m so excited to share with you all that yes, the Miss Universe competition is indeed happening in the Philippines, and I can’t wait to show you all my beautiful country.”
Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo was ecstatic as well, releasing the following statement: “After all that’s been said and done, I happily welcome on behalf of the DOT the latest announcement of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) through Pia Wurtzbach that finally the Philippines will indeed play host to the much awaited 2016 Miss Universe pageant.”
From hereon, there should no longer be any doubts that the home country of current Miss Universe titleholder Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach will host some 80 candidates from around the world come January 2017.
The staging of Miss Universe in Manila next year will therefore be the third time for the country to host the premier beauty contest. The first time was in1974 when Spain’s Amparo Muñoz was crowned winner; and the second in 1994 with India’s Sushmita Sen.