According to some reports, Miss Universe Organization (MUO) has requested for the 2018 pageant to be hosted by the Philippines again.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said that the country was set to host this year’s pageant, but President Rodrigo Duterte refused the request to give way for the 31st ASEAN Summit.
However, MUO’s request still stands for the 2018 pageant.
In an interview, Teo explained, “This year, they (MUO) want it here. And then they want it again next year. Actually, they already told us last month. I was asked again by Miss Universe if they could host it again in the Philippines next year. I said, ‘I have to ask the permission of the president (Rodrigo Duterte)’.”
Teo also told PhilStar, “Dito pinakamaganda sa’tin as compared to other countries. They want the beaches, they want our food. They love being in our country. They see that the Philippines is a very nice country.”
The last time Philippines hosted the pageant was in January 2017 when Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach turned over her crown to Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere.
DOT Undersecretary Kat De Castro said that MUO tagged the Philippine pageant as their best show to date.
“According to the higher ups of the Miss Universe Organization, the best show to date they had is still the one they had in the Philippines last January,” de Castro said.
Miss Universe is the most prestigious annual international beauty pageant in the world. It is held in different countries worldwide and is seen by more than half a billion people every year.
Aspiring candidates compete against each other in several rounds of judging eyeing for the crown.
The title comes with a one year contract with the Miss Universe Organization to go around the world and spread messages and public awareness about important international issues such as world peace, control of diseases and HIV.
Hosting the Miss Universe pageant is believed to be of great help in the further growth of the tourism sector which eventually leads to bigger gains for the economy.