Sa mainit at masayang pagsalubong ng mga Pilipino para sa papalapit na 2016 Miss Universe pageant na gaganapin sa Pilipinas sa Enero, mainit din ang nagiging usapan ngayon ng mga bumubuo nito dahil sa isang kontrobersya at ‘di pagkakaunawaan ng mga designers na magbubuo at magdadamit sa mga kandidata sa pre event ng Miss U.
Umaapela ngayon ang Davao fashion and design group sa Department of Tourism na pinamumunuan ni Sec. Wanda Teo dahil sa pag sawalang bahala umano ng mga kawani ng DOT sa kanilang mga Davaoeno dahil sa pangako ng DOT na isusulong ang turismo at likhang mga Davaoeno sa pamumuno ni Alfonso Boy Guinoo.
Their statements are as follows:
"The Davao Fashion and Design Council Foundation, Inc. (DFDCFI) expresses its utter disappointment on the explicit disregard of local Davao-based and Mindanaon designers, in general, at the January 19th event of Miss Universe in SMX Convention Center in Davao City. No consultation among local designers was done by the Miss Universe Committee, represented by Renee Salud, to address cordiality and propriety, at the least, as to the participation of the local designers here. Adding insult to an injury, is the proposal of the committee to ask local designers in dressing up local models instead during the pre-show cocktails of the main event ironically featuring a non-Mindanaon designer, Renee Salud, himself. Call it proper and befitting, the Mindanaoan designers have all the rights and benefits to best represent the distinctive fashion and style of Mindanao, in the first place. DFDCFI will continue to uphold its stand and will use all its resources and capacity to have this issue properly addressed by the Miss Universe committee, at the soonest. Should it not be, this turn of events will continue to become a blunder for local pride of place, where the President himself is coming from."
Kasunod ng nasabing statement ang pahayag mismo ni Guinoo na siyang itinuturing na Fashion Czar ng Davao.
"I am displeased by the insensitivity of the Miss Universe Committee, led by DOT Sec. Wanda Teo to allow Renee Salud, a non-Mindanaon designer, to showcase the tapestry of Mindanao fashion in the Davao event of Miss Universe. The implication of the proposal to put the local designers on a sideshow during the major show of Renee Salud is no consolation but added further insult to an injury. Sec. Teo, who is supposed to be a Mindanaoan herself, must have used her capacity to intelligently think about the impact her decisions must have caused our local pride of place and its people. I would like to think mediocre politicking has overran her," pagtatapos nito.
Sa huli umaasa ang grupo ng mga fashion designers ng Davao na magkaroon ng tamang oras upang marinig ng pamunuan ng Department of Tourism ang kanilang saloobin.