There is a huge possibility that “Miss Universe 2016” will be held in the Philippines as speculations are arising that the new President Rodrigo Duterte already gave his green light on the proposal.
“You know, since we have that huge possibility of hosting the pageant here, where do you guys think should I take the girls?” the 26-year-old beauty queen asked in the live video.
She then stated a list of possible destinations like Boracay, Palawan, Cagayan de Oro City, Bacolod City, Cebu, Vigan and Bohol.
These places are known for stunning beaches, numerous nature trippings and adventure hot spots, not to mention sumptuous Filipino dishes as well as old houses that displays the country’s rich culture and tradition.
The Miss Universe said she also wanted the contestants to try out famous Filipino dishes.
The former actress also did not forgot to mention Davao City, the home of the new Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte whom he visited in the early part of July.
According to Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, she talked to President Duterte and asked him or his approval for the country to host the next pageant.
“Everything looks good and we’re just trying to polish a few things and we’re almost there,” she told Inquirer. “Hopefully, everything goes smoothly and our dream of having the pageant here is gonna push through.”
The Filipina beauty, who hailed from Cagayan de Oro, said that this will be a way to boost the country’s tourism.
“And I think it’s about time,” Pia Wurtzbach added.
The last time the Philippines hosted Miss Universe was in 1994.
The head of the Philippines’ Department of Tourism has earlier hinted that President Duterte approved the proposal.
“Sponsoring Miss Universe is our focus right now, with the plan and sources of funding in tow. We are ready to seize the moment,” tourism head Wanda Teo said. “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 in Philippines.”