The chairperson of Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. Madamme Stella Marquez-Araneta has put an end to the speculations regarding the status of the Miss Universe Philippines Franchise being given to another company. She told the reporters last Thursday that she is still working with the organization for quite a long time now.
The founder of the organization, was cornered with this hot topic during the send-off press conference of Karen Gallman, 2018 Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental who will represent the Philippines in the Miss Intercontinental pageant.
“It’s still with us,” Madamme SMA responded when she was asked whether the franchise of Miss Universe is staying with BPCI. “If some people are saying something else, let them talk about it.”
The speculations outraged when the new Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray went home in Manila 2 days after her crowning in Bangkok, Thailand together with the company of business mogul Gov. Chavit Singson and Arch. Richelle Singson-Michaels via their private plane. Richelle is also the chief executive officer of Platinum Skies Avation and was a judge at the recent Miss Universe pageant.
Singson, has confirmed in an interview that he was offered the franchise, but added that he was still thinking about it since it might involve more hardwork. Singson has been supporting the Miss Universe Organization since he brought the pageant back to Manila in 2017 for the 2016 pageant. He is also supporting financially the staging of Miss Universe 2019 in Korea.
Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. has produced 4 Miss Universes already such as the likes of Miss Universe 1969 – Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1973 – Margarita Moran, Miss Universe 2015 – Pia Wurtzbach and Miss Universe 2018 – Catriona Gray. The BPCI has been responsible in sending the girls for 5 other crowns: Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Globe and Miss Gland International.