16 Mar – The first ever Miss Universe Philippines pageant recently announced that it has suspended all activities revolving around its contestants and is postponing the coronation night in response to COVID-19.
As reported on Push, the announcement was made by creative consultant Jonas Gaffud on his social media account, writing, "Miss Universe Philippines (MUPh) is taking a graceful pause to stand with the Filipino people in its fight against COVID-19. The support of our contestants, pageant fans and sponsors thus far is both humbling and inspiring, and it gives MUPh the confidence to take this important step to help our country."
"Pageant activities will be suspended with immediate effect to ensure the health and safety of our contestants, and for fans and production teams to focus on responding to the National Government's recently implemented community quarantine."
Gaffud also revealed that instead of the original coronation date on 3 May, the event will now take place on 14 June.
"The Philippines' four Miss Universe crowns are a testament to the country's ability to come together as a people and support an important cause. The fight against COVID-19 is no different. The entire MUPh community is encouraged to stay healthy, vigilant and informed as the country works to rise above this evolving challenge. In the meantime, we will continue to post online tourism videos of the contestants on our Facebook page Miss Universe Philippines, and on Youtube account Empire Philippines, so that amidst this challenge, we still can be reminded of the beauty of the Philippines worthy to be celebrated beyond our coastlines," the statement added.
This year marks the inaugural Miss Universe Philippines pageant after it broke away from Binibining Pilipinas late last year.
(Photo Source: Jonas Gaffud Instagram)