(MNLtoday.ph) The Philippines will host the Miss Universe pageant next year.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo made this announcement today July 28 at a press conference in Makati.
“I would like to inform everybody that the Miss Universe pageant will be on January 30, 2017 in the Philippines,” said Teo, “The government is not going to spend any single centavo. It will be the private sector who would shoulder the expenses.”
Last July 27, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would not spend government funds on hosting the Miss Universe pageant. The country hosted the annual pageant back in 1974 and 1994. Pia Wurtzbach, the reigning Ms. Universe will be on hand to crown successor.