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Philippines to host Miss Universe coronation night in 2017

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach waves Philippine flag during her homecoming parade in January. Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV, file

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that Miss Universe grand coronation night will be held in the Philippines early next year.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo confirmed the development at a press conference on Thursday. She added that the expenses will all be shouldered by private sectors.

Early this July, reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach flew back to the Philippines to discuss with President Rodrigo Duterte the possibility of holding the next Miss Universe grand coronation night in the Philippines. 

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Duterte willingly approved the idea but said expenses must be shouldered by private sector.

It was in 1994 when the country last hosted the prestigious pageant.

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