Organizers of the Miss World beauty pageant have asked the Philippines to host this year’s event as a showcase of the resilience of Filipinos.
Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said that Miss World events director Steve Douglas, Miss World Philippines organizer Cory Quirino and Miss World 2013 Megan Young have proposed that the country host the beauty contest in November.
The presentation was made during the courtesy call of Young, Quirino and Douglas on the vice president in his office at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City.
Young and Douglas said they want to hold the finals in the country to help in the rehabilitation efforts for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Young added the pageant will boost tourism and showcase the resilience of Filipinos since the theme would be about “rebuilding.”
“We will show them that we are survivors,” she added.
Binay expressed support for the holding of the Miss World pageant in the Philippines, saying it would “create a lot of mileage for the country.”
Quirino said “it is a dream and a wish list from the beginning for the Philippines to hold the Miss World pageant.”
“And I guess it was a sign from heaven when Megan won. Then right after that, a month later, Typhoon Yolanda happened to the Philippines. So, I guess there is a message for Megan to help rebuild the country by bringing the country to the attention of the world,” she added.
Quirino also called for government support to make the event successful.
“They will expect to see the biggest and most prestigious pageant in the world to be hosted here by the Philippines. We will have a month-long celebration celebrating the culture, the beauty, the passion of the Philippines,” she added.