Pres. Duterte approved the Proposal for the Philippines to host the 65th Miss Universe​ pageant.

According to AbsCbn News, President Rodrigo Duterte approved the proposal for the 65th Miss Universe​ pageant to be held here in the Philippines. He has given the go signal for DOT Secretary Wanda Teo to officially announce the good news. This means that there’s a huge chance that the pageant will be held in the Philippines. 
”The President agreed that sponsoring the event would be a tourism marketing coup with Philippines’ Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach at the helm. Sponsoring Miss Universe is our focus right now, with the plan and sources of funding in tow. We are ready to seize the moment. Once Pia announces that Miss Universe is going to happen here, people abroad will start looking at the map and see where the Philippines is. And, we’re saying, we’d love to have you here in the Philippines.” Teo said.
Miss Universe​ 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is on her way now to come home here in the Philippines. She is set to meet President Duterte this coming Monday July 18. 
Department Of Tourism of the Philippines said that segments of the month-long beauty pageant will be in various tourist sites in Palawan, Boracay and Cebu, which topped the World’s Best Islands 2016 awards by the Travel & Leisure magazine.

(Possible) Date and Venue for Miss Universe​ 2016 REVEALED!

It was reported previously that Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo confirmed that she met with Miss Universe​ Organization President Paula Shugart to finalize everything for the Philippines to host the 65th Miss Universe​ pageant. Once approved by President Rodrigo Duterte this is going to be the third time (1974 & 1994) that the country will host the prestigious pageant.

Photo courtesy of Undersecretary Kat De Castro. She’s with DOT Secretary Wanda Teo, MUO President Paula Shugart & Pageant Czar of the Philippines Jonas Gaffud. 
According to the latest interview of Undersecretary Kat De Castro via PTV if plans all goes well, if all becomes approved soon, we will have the Miss Universe​ pageant here in the Philippines on January 29, 2017. 
In the same report of PTV, once approved, the venue of the 65th Miss Universe​ pageant was revealed as well and it’s going to be the Mall Of Asia Arena.
Mall of Asia Arena. 20000 seating capacity. 
Watch the full report here.

Philippines to host Miss Universe​ 2016 in January of 2017?

Is it time for the Philippines to again host the Miss Universe pageant? New Tourism Secretary Corazon Tulfo-Teo is considering it.

Here’s the recent interview of the DOT Secretary Corazon Tulfo – Teo via AbsCbn about the possibility of the Philippines hosting the Miss Universe​ pageant for the 3rd time.
MANILA – The Philippines is the frontrunner to host the next Miss Universe pageant, the new head of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Friday.
DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo told ABS-CBN News that organizers of the New-York based international pageant have laid out to them their plans for the country to host the next edition to be held in January.
Should it push through, Teo said that local tourism will receive a significant boost. She also revealed that the win of reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, the country’s first title-holder in more than four decades, influenced the decision of organizers.
Wurtzbach has been vocal about her support for the call to have the Philippines host a Miss Universe pageant again.
The last time the country hosted the global event was in 1994. Wurtzbach said she wants to pass her crown to the next winner, in front of Filipinos.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News in January, Miss Universe president Paula Shugart said she believes that this is the right time to hold the pageant again in the Philippines.
“For years, I’ve talked about someday having the pageant here. I do know that with Pia right now, the entire worldwide focus is on the Philippines. I think it’s a great opportunity. I would love to be able to make it work. We’ll see,” Shugart said.
Teo said that the government already has plans to make the necessary improvements to local infrastructure to prepare for the pageant if a deal is finalized. She also plans to hold talks with stakeholders and sponsors in the coming months.
According to Teo, she aims to attract more than 10 million tourists in the country this year with the help of social media and by continuing the success of the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign.

Recent photos of MUO President Paula Shugart and MUO VP of Business Development & Marketing Shawn McClain here in the Philippines together with DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo, Jonas Gaffud & Kat De Castro.

Photo courtesy of Kat De Castro

Photo courtesy of Jonas Gaffud