How Much is the Annual Franchise Fee for Miss Universe?

With the news that Miss Venezuela Keysi Sayago is likely not able to participate in Miss Universe this year, we ask if the MU franchise fee is too expensive to pay for this pageant powerhouse?

It is said that the Miss Universe pageant franchise varies from country to country. Smaller countries who have little competition in their hometown for a rival pageant could pay around US$ 10,000 for the annual fee. And if a country wins the MU title, they are exempt from paying the franchise fee the subsequent year.
In the Philippines, BPCI through its Chairperson Stella Marquez Araneta has a stable cash cow with the annual Binibining Pilipinas pageant thus is able to pay off the annual franchise fee. The BPCI stalwart has been able to manage 50 years of holding the franchise with her ability to manage the funds of the pageant. Pageant insiders has it that by the late 2000’s, the Philippines pays around US$ 40,000 annually. Rumored updated figures have it now between US$ 50,000- 60,000.

During Mariangel Ruiz’ time the Venezuelan franchise was only around US$ 70,000.00 to 80,000. And she too had the misfortune of almost not being able to be sent to MU, until other countries stepped in to pay the lacking amount. But that was in 2003, recent reports say that the Venezuelan franchise fee is currently around US$ 100,000. However, some pageant insiders estimates that it could be more and we may be looking at a figure between US$ 120,000- 150,000.
Those amounts seem to be too exorbitant compared to the annual US$ 10,000 franchise fees for Miss World. But that comes with a catch, each national organization has to select a national winner in a separate beauty pageant. And we know how extremely difficult it is to set up two national pageants for MW and MU. Just ask Osmel how the Miss World Venezuela is less spectacular than the Miss Venezuela pageant itself. That is altogether a different expense that could impound to a struggling national pageant.

Although the exact figures are unconfirmed, we are looking at huge amounts of money being spent annually. 
So can we truly grasp the enormity of Venezuela’s situation. They are currently under huge socio-political-economic crisis. Pageants might not be their priority for now…


Is it Only 5 Crowns for Binibining Pilipinas 2017?

First it was rumored to be 7, then it went back to 6, now is the final number going to be 5?
We are talking about the number of the titles up for grabs in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant. It was whispered among pageant insiders that the initial 7th international pageant franchise acquired by BPCI was the Miss United Continents only to be squashed later on when Philippine ND John dela Vega confirmed that the franchise is still his. So it was back to the original 6 titles up for grabs. However we have seen that only 5 titles were named in the website.

Clearly the Miss Grand International title is not visible in the pageant’s official website. This is baffling as Bb. Pilipinas Grand Int’l and Miss Grand International 1st runner-up, Nicole Cordoves was seen recently with Ariska Pertiwi and the rest of the winners in Thailand for a series of public appearances. Not to mention that it was still mentioned in the previous press presentation that 6 titles were up for grabs.
Has BPCI dropped the franchise of MGI? We are not yet sure until we get confirmation from the heads of BPCI on this matter. So keep tuned in…