Published: Friday 04 May, 2018

‘CONFIRMED’ Philippines will Host Miss Universe 2018 in Time for Boracay Opening

An announcement is reportedly to be made soon that the Philippines will host Miss Universe 2018! Yes, it’s a ‘done deal’, according to sources. The Miss Universe pageant will be in the Philippines for the fourth time!

Miss Universe 2018 Philippines

Welcome back, Pia Wurtzbach seems to be saying after sources have confirmed that the Miss Universe pageant will be back in the Philippines! (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

According to PowerhousePH, an event on May 8 at Okada Manila will formally announce the hosting of Miss Universe 2018. Presumably, Okada Manila will be the official hotel of the event.

It will be recalled that Okada was supposed to host the candidates of Miss Universe 2016 but it could not be finished on time hence the contestants were billeted at the Conrad Hotel. 

Venue of the pageant to be announced soon but, more or less, the Mall of Asia Arena will again host the finals night.

Miss Universe 2018 for the Opening of Boracay

It was reported that no less than President Rodrigo Duterte wanted the Miss Universe 2018 held in the country this year as a fitting promotion for the opening of Boracay. The ‘island paradise’ is currently closed for six months due to rehabilitation and is scheduled to open October 27.

Actual date of the pageant hasn’t been announced yet but there is speculation that Miss Universe 2018 will be held sometime in November. This is just perfect for the opening of Boracay. Will the pageant itself be held there? Not likely as there is no venue big enough for such an event. But pre-pageant events will likely be held in Boracay.

PH Organizer Tapped for Miss Universe 2018

An organizer who helped stage the Miss Universe pageant in the country two years ago revealed that they are again being tapped by Miss Universe Organization (MUO) for the event this year. According to the Philippine Star, the organizer, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, has been notified by MUO that their services will again be required should talks with the Philippine government become successful.

This will be the fourth time for the Philippines to stage the Miss Universe pageant. It first hosted the event in 1974, a year after the win of Margie Moran in Greece. Amparo Muñoz of Spain won the crown that year. The second time was in 1994, the year Sushmita Sen from India won the title.

Of course, Miss Universe 2016 is still fresh in everybody’s mind, when Pia Wurtzbach turned over her crown to Miss France, Iris Mittenaere.

Miss Universe 2018 in China Scrapped

It was widely reported earlier that the pageant would be held in China, in Hangzhou specifically, this year. In fact, MUO bigwigs were already seen meeting with the local counterparts to finalize the event. However, the hosting had a major hitch – China would not allow a LIVE broadcast! This is a requirement the Chinese authorities just would want to compromise (knowing how strict they are with censorship).

And so, that was when the Philippines came in. With Duterte already willing to host the event again, and with MUO trying to convince the Department of Tourism (DOT) the past two years, finally, the Miss Universe pageant will be back on Philippine soil.

Catriona Gray’s Chances

Somehow, not every Pinoy pageant aficionado is happy with this development. With us as hosts, this means that we have zero chance of winning the crown. As Gloria Diaz previously said, only the USA wins the crown as host and gets away with it! 

Well, not exactly. The Miss Universe 2011 pageant was held in Puerto Rico and guess who won? Miss Puerto Rico, Denise Quiñones! But then again, many will say that Puerto Rico is a US territory so Gloria Diaz is still right. 

3 Miss Universe Winners Already in Town

Former Miss Universe winners Iris Mittenaere (2016) and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (2017) are already in town for the Okada event. Joining them will be Pia Wurtzbach. Paula Shugart is reportedly on her way to Manila to attend the event billed as a fashion show sponsored by Front Row. But why would the president of MUO be needed if it is merely a fashion show?

UPDATE: From ‘90% CONFIRMED’ to kaput! That’s what happened to the Philippines’ hosting of the 2018 Miss Universe pageant. We knew it was coming the minute Wanda Teo resigned. She and Undersecretary Kat de Castro were spearheading the Miss Universe negotiations. And when new DOT chief Berna Puyat asked her undersecretaries to resign, the possibility of hosting Miss Universe again this year evaporated into thin air!