MANILA, Philippines – Officials from the Department of Tourism (DOT) have confirmed that the Philippines is being considered to host the Miss Universe pageant in 2017.
According to a report from PTV, DOT Secretary Wanda Teo confirmed that she has met with Miss Universe president Paula Shugart and other executives of the organization, who have expressed interest in bringing the pageant to Manila.
In the same report, DOT Undersecretary Kat de Castro said that hosting the pageant can bring many opportunities to the country – creating jobs and increasing revenue – should President Rodrigo Duterte approve the proposal to host the pageant.
“Sinasabi nila that it has been long overdue for the Miss Universe na ganapin dito sa Philippines,” she said. “Nagkaroon ng kaunting talks and hopefully, if all goes well, if all becomes approved soon, dito natin gagawin ang Miss Universe [on] January 29.”
(They are saying that it has been long overdue for the Miss Universe pageant to be held in the Philippines. There were some talks and hopefully, if it all goes well, if all becomes approved soon, we will have the Miss Universe pageant here on January 29.)
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