Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach is already halfway through her term. Many are hoping that the Filipina-German beauty will crown her successor in the Philippines.
The last time that the Philippines hosted such pageant was in 1974. It was the year when Miss Universe 1973 Margarita Moran passed the crown to Spain’s Amparo Muñoz. Moran was the country’s last title holder until Wurtzbach ended the 42-year title drought in December 2015.
Should the prestigious pageant be held in the Philippines, history will repeat itself as Wurtzbach passes the crown to her successor in her home country. It seems possible as reports mentioned that officials from Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) confirmed that talks are being held. However, there’s no official decision yet.
In a report by PTV, DOT Secretary Wanda Teo said that the organization is interested in bringing the pageant to the Philippines. Likewise, the department’s Undersecretary Kat de Castro believes that such opportunity will bring jobs and increase revenue.
“We know that the Miss Universe is one of the prestigious pageants that we have right now in the entire world. It would show a very good image of the country,” de Castro added.
“I am actively campaigning and we all want the pageant to happen here. We want to happen. It hasn’t been confirmed yet,” Wurtzbach admitted.
Aside from hosting the pageant again, the Philippines is also hoping to get a back-to-back win this year. This year’s Bb. Pilipinas winner, Maxine Medina, became a trending topic in the country as Filipinos pointed out her similarities with a male character on Philippine TV. Photos of her and Filipino actor Coco Martin’s undercover role on TV were put together to see the comparison.
Meanwhile, Pia Wurtzbach recently went on a Carribean holiday. She visited Grand Cayman, capital George Town, Stingray City, Camana Bay and the Eastern Districts, The Standard reported. The publication noted that Wurtzbach was also joined by her fellow countrymen. She also had a meet-and-greet session and met up with Miss Cayman Islands 2016 Monyque Brooks.