Miss Universe Philippines

Miss Universe Philippines coronation night set for September 30 in Bohol

Miss Universe Philippines coronation night set for September 30 in Bohol

MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES. Reigning titleholder Rabiya Mateo, seen here with pageant director Shamcey Supsup, will crown her successor at the pageant's 2021 coronation night on September 30.

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The top 30 candidates will be traveling to Panglao, Bohol for the pageant's finals

After rescheduling their events for safety reasons, Miss Universe Philippines announced the pageant’s coronation will be held on Thursday, September 30, at the Hennan Resort Convention Center in Panglao, Bohol.

The pageant was set to happen on Sunday, September 26 in Clark, Pampanga where the top 30 candidates have been locked-in a safety bubble for pre-pageant activities.

“We are grateful to the Governor Arthur Yap, the Bohol LGUs and tourism board and the IATF for allowing us to stage this year’s pageant in this most idyllic destination,” the pageant said in an Instagram post on Friday, September 24.

The airing schedule of the pre-pageant activities was also previously adjusted. The national costume competition aired on September 23, preliminary interviews are set to air on September 24, and the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competition is scheduled to air on September 26.

The pageant originally had 100 delegates, who were then whittled down to 30 after a series of virtual challenges. Only 28 candidates remain after Zambales’ Joanna Maria Rabe withdrew from the competition due to dengue, and Davao City’s Ybonne Ortega tested positive for COVID-19. 

Current titleholder Rabiya Mateo will be crowning her successor, who will go on to represent the Philippines in the international pageant to be held in Israel in December. – Rappler.com