It’s confirmed: Miss Universe 2017 will be held in the Philippines.


Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Tao has announced today that Miss Universe will be returning to the country after 23 years despite President Duterte’s previous comments that he will not be spending money for it.

“I would like to inform everybody that the Miss Universe beauty pageant will be on January 30, 2017 here in the Philippines,” she said in a report by ABS-CBN, adding that the government will not be funding the event. “It will be the private sector that will shoulder the expenses.”

The last time the Philippines hosted Miss Universe was in 1994, where India's Sushmita Sen was crowned by Hataw Na! star and Miss Universe 1993 winner Dayanara Torres.


Twitter fans are excited about this positive development:

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Twenty-five-year-old Maxine Medina will be the country’s bet for the much coveted title, hopefully to follow reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach who dramatically won the crown.

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