Miss Universe Philippines Renews Franchise

Miss Universe Philippines now preparing for the upcoming coronation night in May

Pageant fans can now rest easy! The Miss Universe Philippines organization assures that they will continue sending the country’s representative to the Miss Universe pageant. 

In a statement released on March 3, 2023, MUPH’s Communications Director Voltaire Tayag confirms that their organization remains the official franchise holder in the country.

“We are thankful to the Miss Universe Inc. and Khun Anne for putting their trust in the Miss Universe Philippines Organization as the official Philippine franchise holder. Together, we will forge ahead in championing women and elevating the pageant industry,” the MUPH statement says.

Miss Universe Philippines is “world-class

The announcement came while preparations for the 2023 MUPH coronation night set for May 13, 2023 are underway.

MUPH also underscored that they are keen on producing “world-class shows and uniquely beautiful queens since it started.” 

“We are inspired to continue our commitment to excellence. We look forward to a very eventful and fruitful partnership in the coming years,” the statement adds.

Established in December 2019, MUPH was led by Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up Shamcey Supsup as its National Director while beauty queen maker Jonas Gaffud is serving as its creative director. Meanwhile, fashion designer Albert Andrada serves as the organization’s Design Council Head.

The Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) has held the Miss Universe franchise in the country for 50 long years starting from 1964. BPCI, headed by Stella Araneta, also selects the candidates to 5 other international contests aside from Miss Universe.

Rabiya Mateo was the first Pinay queen to be sent to Miss Universe under the new organization. She landed a spot in the Top 21. Beatrice Luigi Gomez succeeded Mateo. Gomez made it to the Top 5 of the Miss Universe 2021 contest in Israel. Celeste Cortesi then followed, who missed the semifinals in the 2022 edition.

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