“Expect bigger things to happen for Megan next year.” This is what Cory Quirino, Miss World-Philippines national director, replied when asked about what’s next for Miss World 2013 Megan Young, once she relinquishes her crown by the end of the year.
Cory was interviewed by a few members of the entertainment press, including PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), at a lunch event with the Miss World-Philippines 2014 candidates last Wednesday, October 1, at Toki Japanese Restaurant in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Megan in Miss World last year (Photo from Megan's Instagram account)
The next Miss World pageant, which is the 64th edition, is set to take place this December in London, where Megan will crown her successor.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR MEGAN? For the most part of the year, Megan has been busy fulfilling her duties as Miss World since she won title in the pageant held in Bali, Indonesia in September, 2013.
She is the first Filipina to be crowned Filipina Miss World.
Cory did not hide how pleased she is with Megan’s accomplishments while in her reign.
“Extremely beyond our expectations because we didn’t expect Megan to address the youth of Harvard University a few months ago. She addressed the youth of Harvard University, I think this was three months ago,” she related.
Last May, Megan visited Harvard University in Massachusetts in the US and met with the Filipino community for a fundraising event.
Most likely, Megan will continue with her showbiz career when her reign is over.
However, it seems like she is widening her horizons this time. If things go well, Megan might try her luck in Hollywood in the US or Bollywood in India.
Cory revealed: “I know that she has a standing offer with Bollywood [India’s film industry]. She has a standing offer because the people of India approached me.
“The second she won [Miss World] they came to me, the license holder of Miss World-India, the big boss, sent their emissary to me. His assistant made an offer for Bollywood and I said, ‘She’s under contract with Miss World [Organization], so you have to negotiate with Miss World.’”
With Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo at the Star Magic Ball last September
But as a requirement, the Philippine pride has yet to wait for her reign to be over before she can start working on her showbiz career, whether locally or internationally.
“I don’t think she would be allowed to do any movies now during her reign but maybe after,” confirmed Cory.
“Next year, she has the freedom to accept offers,” she declared.
HOLLYWOOD DREAM. Cory also divulged that Megan has passed the first step for a chance to enter Hollywood.
“And I was informed—if not officially—by the Miss World Organization that she passed her Hollywood screen tests. She passed it a few months ago, I think it’s four or five months ago.”
When enquired why Megan is mum about this feat, the beauty guru volunteered, “She is not allowed to make any announcements officially until Miss World makes the official announcement.”
She also added that Miss World Organization, who is currently managing Megan’s career, might give details in the coming weeks.
“In fact, Mrs. Julia Morley the chairman of Miss World is arriving on October 4 and maybe, she might make an announcement,” offered Cory.
Asked how she feels about Megan making an attempt to chase the elusive Hollywood dream, she quipped, “I want her to be the first Filipina to make it to Hollywood… yes. And the first [Filipina] beauty queen at that… and she had to be a Miss World.”
Having been beside Megan in her journey to the international crown, Cory had a big contribution for the former to win in the international pageant.
And while Megan has thanked Cory for helping her succeed, Cory only wants the beauty queen to keep on succeeding in her undertakings.
“I told her, ‘The only way to thank me and [your] Miss World family is for you to be a bigger success than you are now. Just succeed in everything that you do. And keep the feminine grace that you are known for all over the world as Miss World,’” Cory concluded.
Meanwhile, Miss World-Philippines 2014 coronation night will happen on October 12, 2014 at the Mall of Asia Arena, where Megan will crown the Philippine representative to the 2014 Miss World Pageant.