Iloilo to host 65th Miss Universe​ Photoshoot

As the 65th Miss Universe pageant approaches, one by one the Department of Tourism of the Philippines is releasing the official venues for the different events that will take place throughout the pageant and one of them is Iloilo City and Ilonggos are ecstatic about it.

In a press release it was mentioned that Ilonggo Senator Franklin Drilon and DOT Secretary Wanda Teo met yesterday to discuss Iloilo’s hosting of the Miss Universe photoshoot. Drilon welcomed the upcoming hosting of Iloilo City of the world’s most prestigious beauty pageant and said that the event will surely showcase Iloilo’s remarkable progress and development to the country and the rest of the world.
Drilon said that the event represents a perfect opportunity to show the international community and foreign audiences – as well as the rest of the nation – the many achievements Iloilo has made in terms of development and shared progress throughout the past years.
It was upon Drilon’s request that Iloilo was chosen as one of the venues of the photoshoot.
“As we host the beautiful contestants of the Miss Universe 2016, it is also a good time to share to the rest of the world the unique beauty of Iloilo, and how she is steadily recovering her role as the Queen of the South,” Drilon said.
“Iloilo’s many tourist attractions – such as the Miagao’s Church, a UNESCO World Heritage site, 
Miagao Church
Iloilo River Esplanade,
Iloilo River Esplanade
and the Iloilo Convention,
Iloilo Convention Center
and Molo Church,
Molo Church
along with the colorful culture and cuisine of Ilonggos and heritage houses, will ensure that any guest will leave Iloilo behind with so many good memories of this place and its people,” Drilon said.
Drilon said that the tentative date of the photoshoot is on January 19, but he said he would not discount the possibility that it will coincide with the annual celebration of Dinagyang Festival on January 22.
Drilon appealed to the whole Ilonggo community to be one in working to make the historic event successful.
“This event is an affirmation and acknowledgement of Iloilo’s rise as a progressive and developing center in the Visayas,” he added. Miss Universe 2016 will be the 65th Miss Universe. The coronation will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena on January 30.