To better protect candidates and enhance its safety guidelines, Miss Universe Phillippines has chosen to pull the plug on the scheduled grand coronation night of the pageant on September 25.
“Mounting a safe pageant for all our stakeholders is our number one priority today. This is why we enhanced, even more, all of our safety protocols given our current situation,” Miss U Philippines wrote on Facebook.
Yesterday (September 19), the organization officially announced the rescheduling of the event, which included changes to pre-pageant activities. However, the new coronation date remains to be seen.
According to Miss U Philippines, the new date will be released once approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).
“We will announce the final date of the pageant as soon as we get the final approval from IATF for our enhanced plans for the finals. Rest assured that once we receive the final go signal, you will be the first to know. Don’t worry the finals will be just a few days away,” the organization stated.
Since releasing the list of its Final 30 delegates, Miss Universe has seen two candidates bow out of the competition due to health concerns.
Zambales’ Joanna Rabe bowed out last week due to dengue while Davao City’s Ybonne Ortega announced yesterday that she tested positive for COVID-19.
Current crown holder Rabiya Mateo will be present at the coronation night to pass on the title. And this year’s winner will be competing in the global leg of the contest, which will be held in Israel in December.
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Image credit: Miss Universe Philippines’ Official Facebook Page