Organizers of the Miss World international beauty pageant would like to stage the prestigious event in the Philippines in November.
Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said Miss World Events Director Steve Douglas, Miss World Philippines organizer Cory Quirino and Miss World 2013 Megan Young presented their proposal for the country to host the beauty contest in November.
Young, Quirino and Douglas called on the Vice President in his office at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City.
Young and Douglas said the proposal to hold the finals in the country will boost efforts to help the victims of Super typhoon Yolanda.
Young said the pageant, will showcase the resilience of Filipinos and boost tourism in the country.
“We will be able to promote Philippine tourism around the world” and show that Filipinos ”are survivors,” she said.
Binay said holding the Miss World pageant in the Philippines would “create a lot of mileage for the country.”
“I suppose it will be safe to say that if this [pageant]is hosted by the Philippines, it will make the country more well known,” he said.
Asked why they considered the Philippines as host of the next Miss World, Quirino said “it was more than an idea. 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. So, I guess there is a message for Megan to help rebuild the country by bringing the attention of the world to the country,” she said.
Quirino expressed hope that the pageant organizers could solicit support from the government to make it 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.
Quirino said they are waiting for President Benigno Aquino 3rd to look at their proposal.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO