MANILA, Philippines – After Megan Young earned the Philippines its first Miss World title last September 2013, Miss World Philippines pageant director Cory Quirino is working to have the country host the next Miss World pageant.
Quirino and Young personally presented their proposal to Vice President Jejomar Binay at the Coconut Palace in Pasay on February 6. A meeting with the Department of Tourism was also scheduled on the same day.
Binay expressed enthusiasm for the endeavor, but no final plans have been made. Talking to the press, Quirino said they are on stand-by, waiting for President Aquino to see the proposal. Should their plans push through, hosting the pageant would be another first for the Philippines.
Rebuilding the Philippines
Young revealed that the proposed theme would center on rebuilding the country after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged the Visayas in November 2013.
“We want our theme to be ‘rebuilding.’ It’s not just about hosting the Miss World pageant. The main essence of it is rebuilding the Philippines.” she said, adding that they hope for the candidates to show how the world has come together to help the Philippines.
Quirino believes Young’s Miss World victory in September, soon followed by the calamity, was “a sign from heaven.”
“Then right after [the pageant], a month later, typhoon Yolanda happened to the Philippines. So, I guess there is a message for Megan to help rebuild the country by bringing the attention of the world to the country,” she said.
Aquino, Young, and organizers hope to earn the government’s support, noting that the endeavor will also benefit the country’s tourism.
“We will have a month-long celebration celebrating the culture, the beauty, the passion of the Philippines,” said Quirino.
Young added that hosting the pageant will also show the world that Filipinos are survivors.
Binay has given the proposal a thumbs-up.
“Ang maganda nito hindi lang naman basically [beauty pageant], meron namang social concern dito,” said Binay, who has high expectations for the project. (The beauty here is that it’s not only a beauty pageant, there’s a social concern here.)
“This one is napakalaki, malaking tulong doon sa mga victims ng Yolanda,” he said. (This one is very big, a huge help for the victims of Yolanda.)
In the same way the country was recognized for Young’s win, he believes hosting it will make the Philippines even more visible around the globe.
“I think definitely the Philippines will get a lot of mileage this 2014, [if] Miss World will be here in the Philippines,” he said. – Rappler.com