Mrs. Uni­verse 2018 pageant in Cebu on Dec.10

PAGEANT IN CEBU ON DEC. 10

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Michelle Joy Pa­day­hag photo by Jed Aries Yu

BEAUTY pageants are not just for sin­gles but also for those who are mar­ried.

Eighty-eight women from all over the world will com­pete for the Mrs. Uni­verse 2018 crown on Dec.10 at the Water­front Cebu City Ho­tel and Casino.

Mar­ilou Tolico-Vil­lanueva, the fran­chise holder for the Philip­pines and founder of Mrs. Uni­verse Philip­pines Finest Woman, told re­porters that it’s the first time the in­ter­na­tional pageant will be held in the P pines.

“I want Cebu to be the show win­dow of Philip­pines,” she said when asked why Cebu was cho­sen as venue for the event.

She points out that Cebu is the per­fect place be­cause it’s an im­por­tant in­vest­ment hub. She also wants to show­case the tourism at­trac­tions in the Queen City of the South

In 2017, the pageant was held in Dur­ban, South Africa where Luu Hoang Tram of Viet­nam clinched the ti­tle.

Tolico-Vil­lanueva said that Mrs. Uni­verse is not an or­di­nary beauty pageant.

Mrs. Uni­verse has a fo­rum where can­di­dates can present so­lu­tions to their ad­vo­ca­cies and how to help their com­mu­ni­ties.

The pageant has four main cam­paigns: anti-bul­ly­ing, anti-poverty, anti-do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, and an­ti­hu­man traf­fick­ing.

The 88 can­di­dates are not just beauty queens but also women lead­ers and ad­vo­cates in their re­spect­tive coun­tries.

Mrs. Uni­verse was founded in San Sal­vador, El Savador in 2007, and is open to mar­ried women from 18 to 55 years old.

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