It appears that the upcoming Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant will be held in the Philippines. This speculation came after Miss Universe 2017 winner Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa and Miss Universe 2016 title holder Iris Mittenaere of France arrived in the country on Saturday, May 5 for a series of Miss Universe activities.
According to a poster via Empire PH CEO Jonas Gaffud’s Instagram, Iris and Demi-Leigh will joining Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach at fashion show called Grit+Glam, which will be held at the Cove this coming Tuesday, May 8. This fashion show is reportedly a pre-event to the Miss Universe 2018 pageant, with still no official date yet.
But while the Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Miss Universe organization still have yet to confirm if the Philippines will host the Miss Universe once more, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo has been very vocal of wanting the said event be held in the country again, and is now working hard to achieve this prestigious honor for the country.
“We need $6 million for the rights, and another $6 million for the accommodations, flights, logistics, but all those can be shouldered by sponsors,” Teo said in a statement, adding that if approved, she hopes the Miss Universe event will be just in time for the reopening of Boracay Island, which is now temporarily closed for rehabilitation.
The Philippines last hosted the Miss Universe in January 2017 when Mittenaere was crowned as the successor of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. The Miss Universe pageants were also held in the Philippines in 1974 and 1994, when then-Miss India Sushmita Sen won the title and was one of the most famous Miss Universe winners.
So far, there are already 25 beauty queens from different parts of the world who will join Miss Universe 2018, including Binibining Pilipinas 2018 winner Catriona Gray. Last March, there were reports that China will be the possible host of the said pageant, but as of posting, Wikipedia indicated Philippines as the host of Miss Universe 2018.