PALM BEACH, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles) – Most people think that the idea of Donald Trump running for president of the United States is a big joke. But for the real estate mogul, it’s serious business.
Donald Trump has put off agreeing to an extension of his “Celebrity Apprentice” reality television show while he weighs a 2016 U.S. presidential bid. He told NBC yesterday he could not commit to a three-year contract extension for the series until he decides whether he’s running. From all indications, the Donald is throwing his hat in the ring.
Trump, speaking at an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate on Palm Beach, also said that he is putting off next January’s Miss Universe Pageant so he could focus on his presidential campaign. Trump is the owner of the Miss Universe Pageant.
Upon hearing the news, Miss Philippines-Universe Pia Wurtzbach, broke into tears, saying she has waited for years to be on the Miss Universe stage. Wurtzbach finally won the title this year after several attempts at the crown.
Meanwhile, The Adobo Chronicles learned that the Philippines’ richest man, Henry Sy, is seriously considering buying the Miss Universe franchise from Trump.
Sy owns the SM Investments Corp, the largest retailer in the Philippines with over 200 individual outlets around the country. The firm is one of the country’s largest conglomerates with interests in real estate development, shopping malls and banking. One of his more recent ventures, the City of Dreams Manila resort and casino, which opened in December 2014, cost $1.3 billion to develop.
A spokesperson for Sy said that if the Filipino billionaire succeeds in acquiring the Miss Universe Pageant, he plans to make the Philippines the permanent venue for the annual beauty competition.