How to watch the 69th Miss Universe prelims, pageant night in the Philippines

More than 70 women from all over the world are in Florida to compete in the 69th Miss Universe pageant. It's been a long wait for the pageant finals, scheduled on Monday, May 17 (May 16 in the US, where it’s being held). 

The 2020 edition of the pageant had been postponed the year prior due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many local franchises, including Miss Universe Philippines, had to hold their own pageants later than usual. 

The Philippines' very own Rabiya Mateo, a 24-year-old Ilongga, will be representing the country, in hopes of winning the Philippines' fifth Miss Universe crown. 

Here's how you can watch it if you're tuning in from the Philippines:

PRELIMS, NATIONAL COSTUME 

Lazada has rights in the Philippines to air both the national costume show and the preliminary competition. According to the Miss Universe website, Philippine-based viewers may tune in via Lazada Philippines to catch the stream. The national costume show was aired in the Philippines via Lazada's YouTube page.

The national costume show airs on May 14 at 8 am (the Philippines is 12 hours ahead of Florida), while the preliminary competition starts airing on May 15 at 7 am. 

Lazada is also the official voting platform for the Miss Universe competition for users in the Philippines. 

The rest of the world can catch the two streams via Miss Universe's official YouTube channel. 

FINALS 

FREE TV

A2Z will be airing the competition live on Monday, May 17, from 8 am.

ABS-CBN will also be airing rebroadcasts of the pageant at later dates through its various platforms such as the Kapamilya Channel, Metro Channel, and iWantTFC. 

ONLINE 

Streaming platform iQiyi is one option for Filipino viewers to catch the competition live and for free. Ahead of the pageant night, several videos, including features on the different candidates, have been up on the iQiyi Miss Universe page. 

You can catch the stream via iQiyi International (iQ.com) or download the app for free from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. – Rappler.com