14 October 2013

Olongapo eyeing Miss World venue

OLONGAPO CITY — Mayor Rolen Paulino said Miss World organizers paid a courtesy visit in his office on Saturday with Miss World Megan Young as part of her homecoming and victory celebration.

Paulino said franchise holder Cory Quirino and Miss World Organization president Julia Morley brought up the idea for the city to host the next pageant.

Paulino said tourism sites and facilities in Olongapo and adjacent Subic Bay Freeport would be the venues of several activities for contestants representing over 120 countries across the globe.

“It will be great boost for both Philippine Tourism and Olongapo as the host city if all plans will push through,” Paulino said.

In a short program for the homecoming and victory celebration of Young held at Harbor Point-Ayala Mall, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairman Roberto Garcia also batted for Subic Freeport as a suitable venue for preliminary galas and dinners.

In her reply, Quirino vowed to work on the request for the hosting of Miss World contest here.

“Since there is an invitation for us to bring Miss World, here we will work on it to make it happen,” Quirino said.

Aside from raising funds for charities around the globe under the banner of its “Beauty with a Purpose” program, Miss World is also credited with directly influencing a dramatic increase in tourism in all of host cities since it started in 1951.

In Young’s victory parade, thousands of residents lined up on the streets to welcome the first Filipina ever to win the Miss World title, and luckily she is from Olongapo.

Clad in white long sleeve knee-cut embroidered dress, Young waived to the rousing cheers of the crowd.

“You really don’t know how much happiness you all have given me this day,” teary-eyed Young said, including a visit to James L. Gordon Hospital to cheer up patients.

The motorcade passed Magsaysay drive, Rizal and Gordon avenues to the streets of Barangay Pag-Asa and East Tapinac before heading to the City Hall. (Cecille Garcia, Manila Standard Today)