Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Gamados (fourth from right) is flanked by her fellow Binibining Pilipinas queens (from left) first runner up Aya Abesamis, Bb-Globe Leren Mae Bautista, Bb-Grand International Samantha Lo, Bb-International Bea Patricia Magtanong, Bb-Supranational Resham Saeed, Bb-Intercontinental Emma Tiglao, and second runner-up Samantha Bernardo. (Photo by ARMIN P. ADINA / Contributor)
BPCI to continue to focus on staging annual Binibining Pilipinas pageant
MANILA, Philippines — The Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) said it will continue to focus on the staging of the Binibining Pilipinas Pageant and concentrate on its charitable initiatives after the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) announced that a new organization will be handling Miss Universe Philippines.
The BPCI confirmed in a statement that the MUO has decided not to renew its license with them.
“BPCI is proud to have held the Miss Universe license since 1964 and would like to thank the fifty five winners who were sent to the Miss Universe pageant to participate,” BPCI said.
According to BPCI, the Philippines had four Miss Universe winners, nine runner-ups, and ten top 20 finishers from 1964.
“Under the leadership of Stella Marquez de Araneta, the annual Binibining Pilipinas Pageant has become the biggest and most anticipated beauty event in the Philippines, with an impressive roster of empowered women who showcased Filipino beauty, intellect, culture, and values before the international stage,” BPCI said.
The MOU on Monday announced that the new organization handling Miss Universe Philippines is called Miss Universe Philippines Organization.
Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up Shamcey Supsup will serve as its national director.
MOU expressed its “heartfelt gratitude” towards the Araneta Group and BPCI for the years of handling the Miss Universe brand in the country.