Philippines to host Miss Universe pageant in 2018?

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(L-R) Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leight Nel-Peters, and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach at a press conference last Wednesday afternoon, December 6.


Excited na si Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters na makilala ang kanyang Filipino fans.

Kasalukuyang nasa bansa ang 22-year-old South African beauty queen para sa ilang charity projects at tourism activities, sa tulong ng Department of Tourism at ng Frontrow Enterprise Philippines.

Kasama ni Demi-Leigh sa mga aktibidades na ito sina Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenare, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, at ilan pang Miss Universe 2017 candidates.

Kahapon, December 6, nakasalamuha ni Demi-Leigh ang media sa isang press conference na ginanap sa Dusit Thani Hotel sa Makati City.

Ano ang nalalaman niya tungkol sa Pilipinas bago siya tumungo rito?

Sagot ng beauty queen, "I think it was very clear on social media that Filipinos are so passionate about anything, especially Miss Universe.

"And I'm so excited to meet everybody in the Philippines and for it to be my first official trip is so special, and it's a trip that I'll cherish for the rest of my life.

"So when I got here, everybody was so warm and welcoming, just like what I've seen on social media, and to experience that first-hand is so special."

MISS UN IN PH AGAIN? Sa muling pagbabalik ng Miss Universe Organization (MUO) sa Pilipinas, naging maugong ang bali-balitang muling gaganapin ang international beauty pageant dito sa bansa sa susunod na taon.

Tinanong ng press ang presidente ng MUO na si Paula Shugart tungkol dito.

Aniya, "Obviously, we're having such a great a audience, we're having a wonderful experience here in the Philippines.

"It's always something we're open to considering. We love it, and it's a great experience for our contestants.

"I know Iris, you had a great time here, didn't you?

"So, it's very nice for us to welcome all of our contestants here right now."

Patuloy pa ni Paula, "It's something that we've not really had any conversation but it's something we're always open to.

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"And I do wanna say, this trip came together very, very quickly, and it's very, very exciting for the contestants who were able to make it.

"And of course, history has been made.

"I've been president for how many years now, I don't think I've ever sat down on a dais with three Miss Universes.

"This is an amazing experience."

Sa isang bahagi, pinasalamatan din ni Paula ang actor-businessman na si RS Francisco at ang business partner nitong si Sam Versoza, na tumulong upang muli silang makabalik sa Pilipinas.

Kuwento niya, "RS and I met last week, at the event, and I really want to thank Frontrow because if it weren't for Frontrow, we wouldn't be sitting here right now.

"You guys really brought it together and this is a man who says, 'I'm gonna do this thing.'

"The next thing I knew, from where we were a week ago, her [Demi-Leigh] press conference, and the next thing, here we are at another press conference."

Samantala, tinanong din ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si RS kung binabalak ng kanilang kumpanya na dalhin dito muli ang Miss Universe.

Sagot nito, "We don't know, if the universe conspires. 

"Our team going to Las Vegas and meeting Shawn and Paula and the rest of MUO, it's a conspiracy of the universe.

"All the stars aligned for us to be there.

"I was at the right place, at the right time, with the right people, with the right opportunity.

"So everything happened, and if that serendipitous thing happened again, for all we know, Miss Universe would be here next year."

Dagdag pa ni RS, "We'll see... I'm just saying, if it happens, it happens."


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