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Miss U prelims set in Manila

Organizers of Miss Universe 2017 plan to hold the pageant’s preliminary competition here in Manila.

Tourism Undersecretary Katherine de Castro said she and Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino and other members of the organizing committee had agreed “tentatively” to hold the preliminaries, including the swimsuit and evening gown competition, in Manila.

De Castro and Dino met in Cebu recently to discuss details of the much-awaited event.

It was earlier reported that the swimsuit competition will be held separately in Cebu.

However, De Castro clarified that Cebu will not host the swimsuit tilt but the province will only “be featured in the final show.”

“The girls/contestants will be having a dinner, fashion show, culinary experience and beach party in Cebu,” she said.

Among the resorts that have offered to host the event are JPark, Movenpick and Shangri-La, De Castro added.

Other locales that will be featured include the Davao and Ilocos regions, she said.

The prestigious beauty pageant will be held in the country on Jan. 30, 2017.

It was in 1994 when Manila last hosted the pageant.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo earlier said the government would not spend a single centavo for the pageant.

The group of former Ilocos Sur governor Luis Singson will solicit funds from business magnates like Henry Sy and Kazuo Okada.

Hosting the event will entail a budget of $11 million or around P520 million.

Topics: Miss Universe 2017 organizers , Pageant’s preliminary competition , Manila
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