After two decades, the Miss Universe pageant are all set to be held in Manila following an official announcement of country’s Tourism chief.
In a press conference, Tourism secretary Wanda Teo announced the news and said the government would not spend any single centavo in the pageant.
“I would like to inform everybody that the Miss Universe pageant will be on January 30, 2017 in the Philippines,” said Sec. Teo. “The government is not going to spend any single centavo. It will be the private sector who would shoulder the expenses.”
On July 27, when President Rodrigo Duterte expressed he would not spend government money on hosting the prestigious beauty pageant, pushing the speculations that the plans to hold the pageant in the country would not push through.
Teo assured President Duterte that the administration would not shoulder any expenses, which will amount to $11 million.
The Tourism czar also mentioned that the funding of the pageant would come from the private sector.
The government official refused to give all the names of the possible sponsors, but Teo 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 officials of Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment Inc. Spearheaded by Mr. Okada, but details of their conversation were not disclosed to the public.
The prestigious pageant was helheld in Manila for the first time in 1974, when Miss Universe 1973 Filipina Margarita Moran crowned Amparo Munoz of Spain. While, in 1994 when pageant came back to the country where India’s Sushmita Sen bagged the crown.
Reigning Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach, is set to crown her successor in her very own country.