All We Need to Know About the Hosting of Miss Universe in Manila

The possibility of hosting in Manila first circulated in November of last year during the Miss Universe pageant held in Las Vegas. Sashes&Scripts were one of the first to break the rumor.  Since then we have been tracking developments like a hawk stalking its prey.

With the recent visit of Miss Universe winners Iris Mittenaere and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, speculations rose that the Miss Universe 2018 date and venue will be officially be announced today, May 8th. While we await for such announcements, here is what we know so far on the pageant. Continue reading “All We Need to Know About the Hosting of Miss Universe in Manila”


Miss Universe Organization Wants Philippines to Host Again!

The rumors of the Miss Universe 2018 pageant happening in Manila is getting louder and louder as we approach the heat of summer! And these latest developments surely adds fuel to the fire…

Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo shared that the Philippines has a huge chance to win the bidding as the organization itself is expressive on having this country host the pageant again.
“We are competing against Thailand but the organization really wants it staged in our country because of the good presentation from 2016,” she added. Continue reading “Miss Universe Organization Wants Philippines to Host Again!”

Vietnam Also Bidding to Host Miss Universe 2018!

Last April 18th a pageant friend of mine were discussing about the Miss Universe 2018 venue. In the conversation he mentioned that Vietnam is one of the 2 other countries that is also bidding to host the pageant.

The confirmation of the validity of this came from Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo in an article from PTV news online. “I’m pushing for it to be here, supposed to be in China but from what I’ve heard, China does not want a live telecast. Actually, we still have a competitor. Vietnam is also bidding,” she said.
So aside from the Philippines, the only other country that is seriously bidding to host is Vietnam. Our insider sources also told us that a ‘big name Filipino politician turned businessman’ is financing the bid to host the pageant outside of the Philippines.

Although it seems that it is more likely to happen in Manila as some of my sources say, due to the ‘aggressive’ campaigning and talks between the DOT and the Miss Universe organization. Such an effective way to keep the hype surrounding the pageant by the organizers. By keeping everyone guessing, they keep the buzz around the pageant whole year round!

China is Officially Out of Hosting Miss Universe 2018

So our moles were right after all. The Miss Universe 2018 hosting in Manila is much more feasible than the China hosting that circulated on social media several weeks prior.
It was confirmed that the Miss Universe hosting in China fell through after Chinese officials could not agree on the live airing of the pageant. The live telecast could have potentially caused issues with the communist government should political questions be asked during the pageant. Airing a delayed telecast could lower down the ratings of the pageant as the presence of social media could spoiled the results even before the pageant is aired.

Below is a snippet of the article by Manila Bulletin…
After talks for the staging of the Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant in China failed, the prestigious beauty pageant appears to be headed back to the Philippines, sources revealed Thursday.
“At this point, the Philippines is the favored country to host the Miss Universe pageant. If it pushes through, the beauty contest will help promote the reopening of Boracay Island in Aklan,” the same sources said.
Last month, Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart and MUO VP for Business Development and Marketing Shawn McClain traveled to China for an ocular of the possible venue for the pageant. They were accompanied by architect Richele Singson, daughter of former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson and other officials of Hangzhou.
The talks broke down over China’s refusal to air the pageant live.
“China does not want to air the Miss Universe beauty contest live. All these years, the beauty pageant has been airing live so the organizers could not imagine if the event is taped or delayed,” the sources added.
With China out of the picture, the Philippines has a larger chance of hosting the pageant and could also be used to generate publicity for Boracay after its closure this month.

Miss Philippines Earth will be on May 19th!

Mark your calendars everyone as the Miss Philippines Earth finals will be on May 19th at the Mall of Asia Arena!

31 lovely earth warriors are going to compete for the titles of Miss Philippines -EcoTourism, Miss Philippines-Fire, Miss Philippines-Air, Miss Philippines-Water and Miss Philippines Earth. Reigning Miss Philippines Earth and Miss Earth Karen Ibasco will be crowning her successor in the glittering event.
Live streaming will be provided over at the MPE official Facebook page:
Official broadcast will be on the 20th of May over at ABS-CBN at 9:45am

About the Pageant
After establishing a track record in mounting world-class beauty pageants over the last decade, Carousel Productions Inc. decided to reinvent and improve the concept of beauty competitions for the new millennium.
Because many people admire and aspire to be a beauty queen, Carousel Productions, Inc. believed beauty queens would be a good and effective advocate of worthy causes. To give life to this vision, Carousel Productions Inc. organized and launched in 2001 the MISS PHILIPPINES-EARTH Beauty Pageant, a beauty event whose raison d’etre was to have its candidates and winners actively promote and get involved in the preservation of the environment and the protection of Mother Earth.
Together with the Miss Earth Foundation, Inc., MISS PHILIPPINES-EARTH aims to give a strong emphasis on environmental awareness programs. The five titleholders will serve as the Ambassador to environmental protection campaigns in the country. MISS PHILIPPINES-EARTH represent the Philippines to one of the biggest international beauty competitions – the MISS EARTH Pageant.

The Boracay Closure and Miss Universe 2018!

We said it before and we are saying it again… The hosting of the next Miss Universe in the Philippines is almost a done deal!

Rumors that the Boracay closure might have something to do with the Miss Universe hosting flew around insider circles a week ago and this is now being reported by Inquirer in their latest news article.
Snippets of the article as follows:
The Department of Tourism (DOT) may bid for the country’s hosting of the 2019 edition of the Miss Universe pageant as a way to reintroduce Boracay to the world once the six-month rehabilitation of the world-famous island has been completed.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said in a government podcast that during a recent Cabinet meeting, President Rodrigo Duterte himself raised the idea of having Boracay host next year’s Miss Universe to help the island recover from expected revenue losses.
Even though the news report from Inquirer reports that the hosting would be for next year, our insider moles kept on insisting that the Senatorial elections for next year might hinder the 2019 hosting.

Poll: Miss Universe 2018 in Shanghai or Manila?

Our pageant moles just couldn’t stay put. And here is one of the latest gossips that our insider has just whispered to our ears.

There is currently rumors that the Miss Universe organization is having talks to have the pageant held in Shanghai aside from the talks that Manila (through the DOT) also wants to host the pageant. Miss Universe VP Shawn McClain was recently spotted at the Binibining Pilipinas pageant and was seen chatting up with BPCI head honcho Stella Marquez Araneta. Could they have been possibly chatting about the possibility of the MU pageant in Manila or perhaps the scheduled visit of Shaw in Shanghai?

#RumorMill! Miss Universe 2018 in Manila on an Earlier Month?!?!

Just as we have posted last November 22nd, the top 16 semi-finalists of the Miss Universe 2017 pageant will be coming to Manila as tourism ambassadresses come December.

The latest update is that Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters with her runners-up will be joined by Iris Mittenaere and Raquel Pelissier to visit Manila. The pregnant Andrea Tovar is also expected to arrive (she is in her 3rd trimester and is expected to give birth around January/ February). The  girls will take part in various activities such as fashions shows, meet-and-greet and a gala event.
Our insiders have further told us that several members of the Miss Universe organization will be flying to Manila as well. It is also said that the possible hosting of the 2018 edition will be discussed in one of their meeting with the  Philippine tourism officials. One of our speculations is that the 2018 pageant might be moved to an earlier month in the summer.

So stay tuned as we will be keeping track of developments of the Miss Universe 2018 edition!

Miss Universe 2017 will be in Las Vegas! Plus More MU2017 Tidbits!

Guess whose pageant moles are right? I hate to say this but #IToldYouSo! Last September 24th, I posted on my Facebook account that the Miss Universe 2017 pageant would be held in splendid Las Vegas.

Finally after weeks of speculating, and back and forth of venues, we can finally rest easy as the MU pageant will be pushing through this year. From Manila to Hawaii to Phoenix, Arizona, pageant fans held their breath for what seemed to be an eternity of waiting for the MUOrg to annouce its venue for this year’s pageant.
While there are no confirmed schedules yet, the pageant is rumored to run for more or less 16 days. Candidates are expected to arrive between the 5-8th of November. Preliminaries and the National Costume Show may fall between the 21st or 22nd of November.

Wait for further announcement on the official activities and schedules as Sash Factor will be covering the pageant once more in Las Vegas!

The Merry-Go-Around Venue for Miss Universe 2017

This year has been a merry-go-round ride when it comes to the venue and host country for the 2017 edition of the Miss Universe pageant. We have heard rumors of possible venues coming from different quarters and we all wait in bated breath for the official announcement from the MUOrg.

In recent years the Miss Universe competition has been having difficulties in finding a venue for the annual competition. It started in 2014 when for the first time in the pageant’s history, it was moved to January of the next year. In 2015, two MU pageants were held less than a year apart.
This year would be a repeat of that scenario as the 65th Miss Universe pageant was held earlier in January 2017. There was also a negotiation that took place to have it held this year in the Philippines come November. However, this didn’t push through as the Philippine government, through the Department of Tourism advised that due to peace and order situations in certain parts of the country.

Then it was being negotiated to have the pageant in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 50th US state was interested because it would have been the 20th anniversary of the Miss Universe victory of Brook Mahealani Lee.  This also failed to push through as the proposed venue could not support the required rigging and pageant equipment necessary for the finals.

But before these two possible venues were being discussed, it was already reported that Australia wanted to host the 2017 and 2018 editions. Perth was said to be the most likely venue as it already hosted the pageant way back in 1979 (where the notorious stage collapse took place). However, talks didn’t flourish and it is rumored that the budget constraints were an issue.
Then it is now discussed that the pageant will return to American soil as Phoenix, Arizona is said to be this year’s venue. The rumor was pervasive as a number of Latin pageant groups have already discussed November 26 as the airing date. It is said that the pageant is being scheduled to the Thanksgiving weekend to push for better television ratings as families would be spending their time at home.

Despite these numerous issues of finding a pageant venue, the Miss Universe pageant still generates much buzz online…whether the venue will be in Manila or pushed to the following year or if the reigning queen would have a full 12 month’s reign. The pageant still enjoys a lion’s share on the online buzz it creates and of the following of pageant fans around the world, er the universe rather…