Philippines tries to bid and host Miss World 2014 pageant

Philippines tries to bid and host Miss World 2014 pageant

Although the 2014 finals are already set to take place in London (UK), Philippines is lobbying to host the event.

MANILA, Philippines (February 7th) – Manila Bulletin: Organizers of Miss World competition want the Philippines to host the beauty pageant’s finals in November of this year to showcase the world’s “coming together to rebuild the country” – one year after super-typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) swept through the Visayas.

Steve Douglas, the events director and producer of Miss World Limited, reigning Miss World Megan Young, and Miss World Philippines national director Cory Quirino sought Vice President Jejomar C. Binay’s support for their plan during a visit at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City Thursday.

Miss World Philippines is the national franchise of the Miss World pageant in the Philippines and selects the country’s representative to the said pageant. CQ Global Quest, Inc., managed by Quirino, acquired the franchise in 2011.

Douglas admitted their proposal is “ambitious” since the competition has already been set to be held in London, UK, this year.

But they are making a last-ditch effort to have the finals in the Philippines to contribute to the country’s efforts in rebuilding areas ravaged by Yolanda.

“They will expect to see the biggest and most prestigious pageant in the world to be hosted here by the Philippines. We will have a month-long celebration, celebrating the culture, the beauty, the fashion of the Philippines. And Megan will be in the center stage of all of these,” Quirino said, replying to questions what would Filipinos expect if the country’s hosting of the pageant pushed through.

She noted it is also “timely” for the country to host the pageant for the first time since it is Young who is the first Filipina to win the Miss World crown. The country’s hosting of the event, she said, has been on their wish list even before Young won the crown.

“And I guess it’s a sign from heaven when Megan won. And then right after that, a month later typhoon Yolanda happened to the Philippines,” Quirino said.

“So I guess there’s a message for Megan to help rebuild the country by bringing the entire world’s attention to the Philippines. And with global support, and by the Philippines’ hosting the Miss World pageant, we will achieve that goal,” she added.

After their meeting with Binay, they were set to talk to officials of the Tourism department Thursday afternoon to present their proposal.

They are also on “standby” for a meeting with President Benigno S. Aquino III, Quirino said.

As for where in the country will the competition be staged, Quirino said it is still being finalized.

Young said they will aim to show to the world the Philippines being a nation of survivors.

“We will be able to promote Philippine tourism around the world. Show people that the Philippines is already safe to go to. And we want to rebuild the Philippines, to show them that we are survivors,” Young said.

Binay said the proposal is “very convincing” since it would generate a lot of publicity for the Philippines.

He also agreed that hosting the event will help the Philippines in soliciting support for the government’s efforts to rehabilitate areas hit by Yolanda.

Douglas said Binay could be one of the judges if the country’s hosting of the competition pushes through.


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