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It’s official: Miss Universe in PH will push through—DOT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday finally confirmed that the Philippines’ hosting of the Miss Universe pageant next year will push through after earlier reports of cancellation.

In a televised press briefing, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said they were able to convince the organizers to hold the international beauty contest in Manila, which is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2017, 5 a.m., at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

“After all that’s been said and done, I happily welcome, on behalf of the Department of Tourism (DOT), the latest announcement of the Miss Universe Organization thru Ms. Pia Wurtzbach—that finally, the Philippines will, indeed, play host to the much awaited 2016 Miss Universe pageant,” Teo said.

“This is one proud moment for all of us, Filipinos, to bear witness to our reigning Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of Cagayan de Oro City as she takes her final walk and passes on her crown to her successor, where else, but in her home country, the Philippines,” she added.

Wurtzbach confirmed the news through a video message from New York, saying she “could not wait to show you all my beautiful country.”

Teo said a popular celebrity in the United States with Filipino blood will perform in the pageant in Manila.

She also confirmed that Steve Harvey will return as host and reiterated that the Philippine government will not spend in organizing the pageant as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The tourism chief said Davao, Palawan, and Iloilo will be featured in pageant events and photoshoots, but added that they were also looking to feature other places in the country aside from the usual tourist spots.

Cebu and Bohol were also confirmed venues of ancillary events. The DOT assured that Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will be well-represented and visited by the Miss Universe candidates.

The DOT is coordinating with local government units, the Philippine National Police, and the Department of Transportation, Teo added.

Miss Universe 2016 in Manila is brought by the DOT, the MUO, and LCS Group headed by Gov. Chavit Singson & Architect Richelle Singson Michelle, in partnership with Okada Manila, SM Group of Companies, and Solar Entertainment Corporation.

“Journey to the Crown: A Celebration of Beauty,” a reality-documentary show featuring the Philippines’ penchant for beauty pageants will air over ETC on November 6, at 7:30 p.m. The weekly program will be hosted by 2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner-up Venus Raj and 2011 Miss Universe 3rd Runner-up Shamcey Supsup-Lee. YG/JE/rga

  • pinayako

    YES! nasungkit din : )

    ma check na google flight…

  • COLONIAL MENTALITY IS GOOD

    ATTENTION ALL MISS UNIVERSE CONTESTANTS:

    The contest will be held in the Philippines. Please have your unwashed panties in the vault with armed guard ….

  • COLONIAL MENTALITY IS GOOD

    FILIPINOS WELCOME MISS UNIVERSE VENUE ….

    *** PHILIPPINES WILL BE CLEANSED AGAIN OF STREET HOMELESS CHILDREN ***
    *** DUTERTE WILL TAKE CARE OF DRUG ADDICTS ***

    WHO WILL TAKE CARE OF THE TRAFFIC MESS?

  • DarkM

    2016 Ms Universe on Jan 2017. WTF

  • LoCoLoCo

    Welcome to EJK Country….Free Life Insurance to all of the the Attendees during the Pageant Only.

    • urakis

      Kasali ba ang matino sa ma EJK? diba kayong mga adik lang? hehehehe
      kayo naman mandamay pa kayo hehe

  • COLONIAL MENTALITY IS GOOD

    CRACKS ARE APLENTY ON PAGEANT DAY ….. CRACKS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES …..

  • sherlyn

    This is great news! A good way to showcase the beautiful country and our hospitality.
    Is Duterte also invited? Maybe as a judge or to interview some of the candidates?

    • Sit on my knee and talk about the first thing that arises. !! Have you not been watching his sexual indescrepencies over the last millennia? He wants to be the first to rape. You think he would be a good judge? You are severely demented.

    • Tambay Methods

      May retort sana ako na mala-dilawan or mala-dutertard. Pero.. No. Our hospitality is a mask AND a myth. So NO. What we are is a nation of starstruck ignoramuses.

  • Sexy bullet-proof bikini.

  • Tambay Methods

    Superficiality, exploitation. Yep, pinoy na pinoy. Starstruck mongrels.

    • Tambay Methods

      But yeah, wala bang scandal jan?

  • Cardinal Sin

    Trump, former owner of Miss Universe who still influences the pageant, believes in Duterte.

    Donald Trump, who refers to Duterte as his Asian brother said: “What else could be done to them (drug pushers)? The only way is to sweep them away from the surface of the earth. I support him (Duterte) fully”.

    Trump went on to explain the dangers of drugs on a nation’s development and how it hinders the efforts of the ruling government. “The poor are always the victims” – he added.

    Speaking on the matter, Putin also acknowledged Duterte for his good works and pledged to provide him with any assistance that he may need to fight drugs in the Philippines.

    Duterte, Trump and Putin are one. Miss Universe and the universe will never be the same again.