The Miss Universe competition is held annually in a variety of different countries. The United States has hosted the annual pageant the most times, peaking at 35. In 1972, the Miss Universe Organization moved the pageant to Puerto Rico.
This was the first time the pageant left the States. Since then, Miss Universe has been held in countries all over the world, including the Philippines, which has held the pageant a total of three times, and it looks like President Rodrigo Duerte wants to increase that number… (Read: Here’s The Reason Behind the Philippines’ Pageant Addiction)
Why does the government want to host Miss Universe again?
When the Philippines hosted the 2016 annual Miss Universe competition, Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe France, was crowned the 65th Miss Universe. Iris received the crown from the previous Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach.The 65th Miss Universe pageant held in the Philippines brought much attention from tourists, as tourism increased an outstanding 10-11 percent the following year. The president announced he would like to host the upcoming Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines to increase tourism. (Read: Will Miss Philippines be the Next Miss Universe?)
Will the Miss Universe swimsuit competition be held in Boracay Island?
During the April 4 Cabinet meeting, President Rodrigo Duerte and his officials decided upon Boracay’s temporary shutdown. Boracay is a main tourist attraction, and the government feels as though hosting at least one Miss Universe activity on the island will easily bring a large number of tourists.
Boracay will undergo a six-month period of closure while it undergoes rehabilitation. By hosting at least one Miss Universe event in Boracay Island, the government hopes to receive the same response from tourists after hosting the 65th Miss Universe pageant.
This idea, although beneficial for the government, may not necessarily be the best course of action, considering this will completely alter the traditional Miss Universe swimsuit competition format, which happens immediately after the announcement of top 16. (Read: 9 Struggles of Getting Swimsuit Ready Every Pageant Girl Knows)
Do you think moving the swimsuit competition to Boracay Island would be detrimental to the Miss Universe pageant?
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