It is quite something to know that traditionally a Philippine national beauty pageant, which would select representatives for the international pageant competition scene, actually tends to have more than one title representation on the line. Some might still recall how Binibining Pilipinas once decided among its contestants who would go to the original “Big Three” events of Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International. That is no longer the case as Miss World and Miss Universe now have their own local contests for Filipina representatives. Binibining Pilipinas has since filled in the gaps with franchises for other minor world pageants, but even then some of these have jumped ship elsewhere.
Case in point, as The Philippine Star relates it, franchise representation for “minor” pageant Miss Supranational has slipped from the fingers of Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) as of this past Tuesday, July 28. The franchise is now in the hands of Miss World Philippines (MWP), which has been fielding Filipina representatives for Miss World since 2011. The MWP posted on their official Facebook page regarding the Miss Supranational franchise acquisition, which when added to their Miss World and other active pageant franchises now outnumber those still with Binibining Pilipinas.
Said FB post also includes an official statement from the current national director of the MWP organization, Arnold Vegafria. He notes that having the Miss Supranational representation franchise gives their pageant an additional platform for the empowering of women, in addition to the strengthening of Miss World Philippines’ footprint in the domestic and international pageant scenes. As Vegafria concludes in his statement, “We are thankful for the trust and confidence that the Miss Supranational organization has given us, and we assure them of our commitment and our world-class brand of production values that are always a hallmark of our pageants.”
Among the many well-wishers to Miss World Philippines for their latest pageant franchise is the 11th and reigning Miss Supranational (2019), Thailand’s Anntonia Porsild. Porsild posted a video statement of congratulations for MWP and expressed her hope to see the first Miss Supranational Philippines delegate to be determined in the next Miss World Philippines pageant. That might take a while however since the COVID-19 outbreak has pushed the MWP competition to early next year, January 2021, with many other pageants following suit. Thus far the Philippines has won Miss Supranational once, with Mutya Datul in 2013, on the second year that BPCI held the franchise.
Binibining Pilipinas is currently left with only one “Big” franchise in Miss International, plus lesser pageants Miss Intercontinental, Miss Grand Intercontinental, and Miss Globe. Miss World Philippines has, aside from Miss World and now Miss Supranational, the franchises for Miss Eco International, Miss Teen Eco International, Miss Multinational, Reina Hispanoamericana, and Miss Tourism. Miss Universe’s Filipina representative is now drawn from Miss Universe Philippines, the inaugural pageant for which will be held in October 25.
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