It’s official: Philippines to host 65th Miss Universe pageant

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach addresses the crowd at the Bb Pilipinas 2016 coronation night held last April 17. (Photo by Drew Francisco/Misssology.Org)

Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach will be crowning her successor in her homeland!

The 65th edition of the Miss Universe pageant will be held in the Philippines on January 30, 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Philippine tourism secretary Wanda Corazon Teo confirmed in a press conference on July 28 .

“The government is not going to spend any single centavo. It will be the private sector who would shoulder the expenses,” Teo added, following Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s earlier statement that he would not spend government funds on the pageant. The hosting expenses will amount to $11 million.

Wurtzbach and officials of the Miss Universe organization went to the country on July 18 to discuss the proposals for hosting the pageant with President Duterte .

Manila hosted the Miss Universe for the first time in 1974, which saw Miss Universe 1973 Margarita Moran from the Philippines crown Amparo Muñoz of Spain. The pageant came back to the country in 1994 with India’s Sushmita Sen winning the title.

The Top 10 finalists of Miss Universe 1994, held in Manila, Philippines.

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