MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Millions of Filipinos are so looking forward to seeing the next Miss Universe pageant held in their country. That possibility has been floated around, especially because the reigning title holder is Filipina – Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
If it happens, it will be the third time that the Philippines will play host to this prestigious international beauty contest. It was held in Manila in 1974 and 1994.
But in a recent interview with journalists, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said that hosting the pageant is not among his priorities and that he will not spend money doing it.
That created a firestorm among millions of Filipinos who consider beauty pageants their Super Bowl and whose love fest with beauty queens is ingrained in their national psyche.
The Adobo Chronicles just learned that a huge protest rally is being planned in front of Malacañang next week to try to convince the president to change his mind.