7 Dec – The Philippines' Department of Tourism recently revealed that the Miss Universe Organisation has expressed interest to have the country hosting the pageant again in the coming year.
As reported on GMA, Tourism Secretary, Wanda Teo shared this piece of information recently, saying that the organisation previously wanted to hold the pageant again this year following the success of the 2016 edition, but that the plan didn't come to fruition.
"They came back to us after and said that they wanted us to host it again this year, so of course I had to ask the President first," said Teo, adding that President Rodrigo Duterte declined it due to the fact that the country was hosting the 31st ASEAN Summit as well.
"Both were in the same month. ASEAN was held in the first week [of November] and Miss Universe was [the last week]. So the President said maybe next time, or next year. We will have a cabinet meeting. I will have to ask again," she said.
On the other hand, Tourism Undersecretary Kat de Castro shared that the Miss Universe Organisation has dubbed the Philippines as the best host to-date after the country hosted the pageant last year, where the 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wutzbach crowned her successor, Iris Mittanaere.
The 2017 Miss Universe which was held on 26 November in Las Vegas, crowned Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters as the new reigning beauty queen.
(Photo source: Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Instagram)