Former beauty queen Cory Quirino announced her decision to drop the Miss World Philippines franchise.
She revealed this through a text message to Philippine Daily Inquirer earlier today, January 15.
She said, “I have decided to relinquish the license of Miss World Philippines for both personal and business reasons.”
However, she thanked everyone who supported her throughout the six years that she was Miss World Philippines head.
“Thank you for supporting me all these six years, and for being part of our challenges and victories. I will never forget you,” Cory added.
It was in 2011 when Cory took over the Miss World Philippines franchise, which had been handled by Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) since 1992.
Before BPCI, other pageant organizations which handled the local Miss World franchise included Miss Republic of the Philippines (1966 to 1976) and Mutya ng Pilipinas (1977 to 1991).
During Cory’s first year of handling Miss World, Gwendoline Ruais finished in second place in the international contest.
In 2013, still under Cory’s management, the Philippines brought home its very first Miss World title.
Actress Megan Young won the crown during that year’s pageant held in Indonesia.
Other Miss World delegates under Cory’s watch were: Queenierich Rehman (2012), Valerie Weignmann (2014), Hillarie Danielle Parungao (2015), and most recently, Catriona Gray (2016).
Meanwhile, it has yet to be revealed who will inherit the Miss World PH license.
“It will be assigned to someone else, hopefully a friend or associate whom I already introduced to [the Miss World Organization],” Cory disclosed.