Miss World 2013 Megan Young is hoping that this year’s pageant will be held here in the Philippines not only to boost tourism but also to help in the country’s rebuilding efforts.
Young and Miss World Philippines national director Cory Quirino paid a courtesy call on Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday, with the hope that the government will support the idea of staging Miss World 2014 in the country.
“We hope that it will be in the Philippines,” Young said. “We want our theme to be ‘rebuilding.’ It’s not just about hosting the Miss World pageant. The main essence is rebuilding the Philippines. That’s what we want to do, that’s what we want to bring to the girls, [na] ‘come here, ipakita natin sa kanila na tulung-tulong tayo. Sama-sama tayo sa buong mundo na tutulong ditto sa pag-rebuild ng Pilipinas.’”
Quirino, for her part, said: “At sana makakuha po kami ng government support dito sa Pilipinas dahil hindi pa naghu-host ang Pilipinas ng Miss World. Ito ang magiging kauna-unahang Miss World finals dito sa Pilipinas and it’s timely kasi meron tayong kauna-unahang Pilipina na Miss World.”
When asked what people can expect from the Miss World pageant should it be held in the Philippines, Quirino replied: “We will have a month-long celebration celebrating the culture, the beauty, the passion of the Philippines.”
Why Binay before PNoy?
Young and Quirino presented their proposal for Miss World 2014 to Binay on Thursday, before President Benigno Aquino III.
Quirino explained why they made the presentation first to Binay before Aquino.
“We’ve been waiting for the President to see the proposal, we’re still on standby. But we decided to see the Vice President because we have not made a courtesy call on him. So we made a presentation for him first,” she said.
Quirino added that they are also set to meet with officials of the Department of Tourism after their courtesy call on the Vice President.
Reacting to the proposal, Binay said: “I think definitely the Philippines will get a lot of mileage this 2014 [if] Miss World will be here in the Philippines.”
“[It’s a welcome development] especially [because] we’re doing a lot to promote the Philippines. Kita mo, tumaas na nang tumaas itong ating mga turista. I suppose it will be safe to say na if this will be hosted by the Philippines, lalong makikilala pa ulit ang Pilipinas. Nakilala na si Megan as Miss World,” he added.
Concert for ‘Yolanda’ survivors
Meanwhile, Young said they are set to hold a concert for survivors of last year’s super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan).
“We will have a concert to raise funds for Tacloban, Leyte and other affected areas, among other events – everything that embodies Miss World,” she said.
The beauty queen said they are looking for a big venue “since it’s a worldwide event.”