Tourism Secretary Teo is looking for a co-host for Steve Harvey.
Tourism secretary Wanda Teo revealed in a recent press conference that
President Rodrigo Duterte wants to talk to the Miss Universe Organization
regarding an important detail.
Teo shared hat
the president does not want American host Steve Harvey to host Miss Universe
2017, which would in the country next year.
contract siya (Harvey) for five years, I believe. Definitely he’s again going
to host the Miss Universe. When I told the President about that, medyo negative
agad ang sabi niya. ‘Hindi puwede,’ that was what he said,” she started.
“And he said,
‘I’m going to talk to the Miss Universe na dapat hindi siya.’ That’s my
problem,” she continued.
To resolve the
issue, Teo is considering the idea of tapping a co-host for Harvey.
In an attempt to
appease the President, Teo said she would suggest to the Miss Universe organization
for Harvey to have a Filipino co-host.
what I‘m going to do para hindi talaga magagalit ang Presidente. Siguro
maglalagay ako ng ng girl from the Philippines who will co-host, she said.
“Wala pa [kaming naiisip], probably one from the media.”
representative to the 2017 Miss Universe pageant Maxine Medina earlier
expressed excitement upon learning the fact that Harvey is returning as the
host of the prestigious pageant.
confirmed that the Miss Universe pageant would be held at the Mall of Asia
Arena on January 30, 2017.
To lessen whatever
traffic the event might cause, Teo shared that they have opted to transfer the
other key activities in other provinces such as Davao, Cebu, Iloilo, and Vigan.
“The main events
na lang will be in Manila and it will be at the MOA Arena. The pre-pageants
will be in the hotels somewhere in that area also,” she said.
In parting, Teo
confirmed the earlier announcement of former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson
that he and his team are shouldering half of the pageant’s expenses.
“I am 100% sure
that the government is not going to spend any money for the Miss Universe,” Teo