AT last, after months of speculation, Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados will crown her successor in Baguio City on October 25 to be aired by GMA 7 at 9 a.m.
Ganados, who made it as a top 20 finalist at the 68th Miss Universe in Atlanta, Georgia last year, was “speechless,” when the Cebuana beauty queen learned she was allowed to crown her successor at the forthcoming pageant.
“I have always envisioned not only winning the title but also being able to pass on my crown to my successor. [The] legacy of the Miss Universe Philippines at the Miss Universe pageant in the last decade has truly made the country proud. Without you and Binibining Pilipinas, this would have never become possible,” Ganados said.
Ganados was the last Miss Universe titleholder to be crowned under the wings of the Binibining Pilipinas organization which held the international pageant franchise since its inception in 1964.
The franchise was eventually turned over to Miss Universe Philippines, the new pageant outfit now spearheaded by its national director, Shamcey Supsup-Lee, herself a Binibining Pilipinas titleholder and Miss Universe third runner-up in 2011.
Supsup-Lee was thankful to Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. after its chair, Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta, granted permission to Ganados to crown her successor in another pageant.
The pageant, now ongoing in Baguio City with the 48 contestants billeted at the Baguio Country Club, is shooting its no-audience audio-visual segments for the airing of the preliminaries today and the finals on Sunday under strict health protocols in the presence of safety officers.
The impressive line-up of judges includes past Miss Universe Philippines titleholders of the last decade who have achieved a streak of two victories and eight placements in the international stage.
The finals will be hosted by KC Montero with a lineup of entertainers topbilled by Fil-Am singer Jessica Sanchez.
A new crown, reportedly valued at US$100,000 and artfully crafted by Villarica, the famed jeweler and pawnshop chain owner, will adorn the head of the winner. Encrusted with diamonds, pearls, ruby and sapphire, it is dubbed as “Filipina,” the embodiment of the authentic, confident, empowered and influential Filipina.