Las Ve­gas to host 66th Miss Uni­verse pageant

Tempo - - Classifieds - By ROBERT R. RE­QUINTINA

AF­TER failed ne­go­ti­a­tions in the Philip­pines, the 66th Miss Uni­verse beauty pageant re­turns to Las Ve­gas in Ne­vada on Nov. 26, the pageant’s web­site an­nounced yes­ter­day.

Five-time Emmy Award win­ner Steve Har­vey will host the three­hour show which will broad­cast live from The Axis at Planet Hol­ly­wood Re­sort and Casino, the same venue where Miss Uni­verse 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philip­pines was crowned.

Iris Mit­te­naere from France will crown her suc­ces­sor at the con­clu­sion of the show. Rachel Pe­ters is the coun­try’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the pageant.

It would be re­called that the Miss Uni­verse Or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fered to the Philip­pines to stage the pageant for the sec­ond time in a row.

The 2016 Miss Uni­verse beauty con­test was held in Manila last Jan. 30.

But in June, Tourism Sec­re­tary Wanda Teo said that the Miss Uni­verse con­test will not be hap­pen­ing in the Philip­pines.

“Baka next year,” said Teo then in an in­ter­view.

Teo also said that the MUO was pleased at the job the Philip­pines did for the stag­ing of the con­test and of­fered again the rights to do it here.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has ear­lier ex­pressed ap­pre­hen­sions for the stag­ing of the pageant this year due to the host­ing of the sec­ond As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions sum­mit in Pampanga on Nov. 13 to 14.

Teo also said then that any spon­sors have al­ready ex­pressed their in­ten­tions to sup­port the stag­ing of the Miss Uni­verse con­test in Manila.

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