Months after Pia Alonzo-Wurtzbach seized the 2015 Miss Universe crown, it was announced that the 65th Miss Universe pageant would be happening in the Philippines on January 30, 2017, at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.
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According to Tourism secretary Wanda Teo, the VIP tickets will be sold at around $1,000, or P49,800, while general admission tickets will be priced around $160, or P7,970.
This year, interior designer and model Maxine Medina, who was crowned Binibining Pilipinas in April 2016 and appointed Miss Universe Philippines 2016, will represent the country.
For those of you who want to watch the event live and support our bet, tickets are limited to a number of VIPs, while lower box tickets are already reserved for the candidates invited guests and families. Tickets will be sold starting December 20, 2016.
This is the third time that the country will host the prestigious pageant. The first time was in 1974 when Maragarita Moran passed the crown to Miss Spain, Amparo Munoz. The second was in 1994 when Dayanara Torres crowned India’s representative Sushimita Sen.
Despite last year’s announcement fiasco, Miss Universe president Paula Shugart announced that Steve Harvey will host again the said event.
According to vice president of business development and marketing of the Miss Universe Organization, Shawn McClain, the three-hour telecast will benefit the country as it showcases the wonders of the Philippines.
“We will have a team of about 400 people here and we’re gonna be visiting lots of different places, and we’re going to be showing the world what the Philippines has to offer. And we’re gonna be helping boost tourism, and putting positive focus on everything that the Philippines is and stands for and will be in the future,” said McClain in the recent press conference.
Aside from the setup in MOA Arena, ancillary venues are also set up to avoid Manila traffic jams and to promote the country’s tourism. Palawan, Cebu, Batangas, Isabela, Davao, Vigan, and Bohol are some of the target venues with fascinating attractions.
Earlier, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach paid a courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte to appeal for approval of the Department of Tourism’s plan to hold the pageant in the Philippines.
On a lighter note, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that the government may extend services to assist the event.
The DoT will be hand in hand with the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Philippine National Police, as well as the Armed Forces of the Philippines to put security measures in place.