The announcement was made last July 28, 2016 by Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo where they held a press conference in Makati Philippines.
“I would like to inform everybody that the Miss Universe pageant will be on January 30, 2017 in the Philippines,” said Teo. “The government is not going to spend any single centavo. It will be the private sector who would shoulder the expenses.”
“Private sector will handle the expenses. The president’s concern was the expenses. But when we assured him that there will be no funding from the government. He said, okay. ‘This is already okay’ So we don’t know where the news report came from that he did not like it. He never said that,” Undersecretary Kat De Castro added when there’s a news circulating yesterday that the President allegedlyUniverseid know already.
“They got in touch with me this morning. Shawn McClain, who is the VP at Miss U, was shocked when that article came out because everyone was already on board. The article says the president doesn’t want it to happen,” De Castro said.
Teo said that she called Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to consult if her department can announce the news following some confusion surrounding Duterte’s earlier statement, saying “I wouldn’t want to spend on it.”
“I told [Medialdea], ‘Is it okay if we announce that the Miss Universe will be held in the Philippines, and he said yes,'” Teo said.
“We were planning to set up a press con for the announcement earlier, but I said, let us just wait said, let administrative order. But because of the news release, I said we should come out and announce,” Teo told reporters.
“The administrative order will be signed before the end of the month,” she added.
The Tourism chief confirmed that Japanese billionaire and chief of Tiger Resort, Kazuo Okada, as well as the country’s richest man, Henry Sy, are among them.
President Duterte met with officials of the Tiger Resort, Leisure, Entertainment Inc. led by Chairman Kazuo Okada, Executive, Assistant to the Chairman Sumire Kamura and Chief Operating Officer Takahiro Usui on July 18 at the Music Room in Malacañan Palace on July 18. Details of their conversation, however, were not disclosed.
The Miss Universe pageant was held twice already in the Philippines. First in 1974, when Miss Universe 1973 Margarita Moran crowned Amparo Muñoz of Spain. In 1994, Second, India’s Sushmita Sen was crowned by Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres.
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will crown her successor in the Philippines.