The Miss Universe pageant has just been finished and I just couldn’t help but wonder if the Miss World organization is thinking of the opportunities they lost had they crowned the Filipina bet last December. We can agree by now that the Miss Universe staging in manila has to be the best pageant (from arrivals, to their provincial visits, to pre-pageant activities to finals) in years. We wonder if this would have been the same treatment Filipinos could have served if the Miss World pageant is held in the Philippines.
Had it been that a second Filipina Miss World was crowned last December, it would have made it easier to have the pageant brought to Philippine shores. Here are the three biggest opportunity losses that the Miss World would have gained:
1. Hosting the MW pageant in the Philippines – had it been that the Miss World org crowned Catriona Gray as Miss World, the hosting in the Philippines would have been more possible. With the recently held Miss Universe pageant in Manila, the MW would have been treated to a wondrous pre-pageant activity and coronation show. The country boasts of 7,107 islands that would have made the pageant proud and exciting to visit for the girls. The candidates would have been treated like royalty and the pageant would have held a strong foothold in the country.
2. A World-Class Production and Show – the Filipinos just love a good show, much more if it is a great one. It may have been easier to bring in talents from abroad, talents that are well-known like Bruno Mars or Nicole Scherzinger. Or since the MW is more traditional in approach, the Philippine Madrigal Singer or the Bayanihan & Ramon Ubusan Dance Troupes would have provided a local flair to the event.
3. The Global Reach & Following of the Filipino Fans – I believe that the Miss World has passed up a huge opportunity in terms of how the Philippines could have promoted the pageant on a global scale that Filipinos around the world would have made possible. I believe this is the biggest loss and the most lasting one.
Water under the bridge, some could say that but it would be a question that could haunt the MWOrg in years to come.
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