Opisyal nang pumirma ang beauty and wellness guru at Chairwoman and CEO of CQ Global Quest na si Cory Quirino with GMA-7 bilang official TV network partner ng Miss World-Philippines 2011.
Naganap ang contract signing between Cory and GMA executives Mr. Jimmy Duavit (President and COO) and Ms. Wilma Galvante (Senior Vice-President for Entertainment Television) noong nakaraang Martes, March 22, sa boardroom ng GMA Network Center.
Masayang-masaya si Cory dahil sa wakas ay may tahanan na ang Miss World-Philippines. Ang CQ Global Quest ang may hawak ng franchise ngayon at si Cory ang uupo bilang pageant director.
Dating nasa Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. ang franchise ng Miss World. Pero nag-decide ang Chairwoman at CEO of Miss World Limited na si Julia Morley na ibigay na sa iba ang exclusive license agreement ng Miss World sa Pilipinas.
Nataon na si Cory Quirino ang pinili at pinagkatiwalaan ng franchise ng Miss World.
"They only gave me three minutes to decide if I want it or not!" natatawang pagbabalik-tanaw ni Cory sa panayam sa kanya ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
"It was only in January of this year that Ms. Julia Morley talked with me with regards to the Miss World franchise. They really asked for me and they wanted an immediate answer if I would agree to handle the Miss World franchise.
"Like I said, they only gave me three minutes. Since I [only] had that short of a time time, I prayed to the Lord for a sign. Should I accept it or not? I immediately got an answer kaya hindi pa tapos ang three minutes, I said yes to them.
"I know that this will be a big challenge on my part. I've worked with many people before but this is the first time that I will embark in a national pageant. It's nerve-wracking but I accept the challenge. I know that God will always be there for me and guide me through everything."
Nakausap ng PEP si Cory sa formal launch ng Miss World-Philippines 2011 last Wednesday, March 23, sa SMDC Grand Showroom sa SM Mall of Asia Complex.
FORMAL TURNOVER. Nagkaroon ng formal turnover ng franchise ng Miss World noong January 25, 2011 sa EDSA Shangri-La Manila Hotel kunsaan dumalo si Julia Morley at ang reigning Miss World 2010 na si Alexandria Mills ng U.S.A.
Ayon kay Cory, naging mabilis ang mga pangyayari. Marami raw siyang natawagan agad para magbigay ng suporta sa pag-launch ng Miss World-Philippines 2011. Lahat daw ng tinawagan ay nangakong tutulong at magbibigay ng anumang suporta na kailangan niya.
"God is so good talaga. I never expected that it will all happen so fast. Parang kelan lang na kinausap nila ako for the handling of the franchise and we had a successful turnover.
"Then last Tuesday lang, official TV network na ng Miss World-Philippines ang GMA-7. If all of these are not God's work, I don't know what it is.
"Naniniwala kasi ako na kung hindi para sa iyo, hindi magaganap. But all of these blessings are coming in and I have nothing else to say kundi amen. Everything is really coming from God."