Former Ilocos Sur governor and businessman Chavit Singson on Monday released his official statement in response to the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) having confirmed that its local franchise still belongs to the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI).
“I am thankful and honored for the statement made by the Miss Universe Organization recognizing my and the LCS Group’s contribution to the success of the organization and its various initiatives. I am excited to work with the Araneta Group and all our partners in developing Miss Universe in the Philippines further as well as welcoming the candidates to Vigan City. The Miss Universe pageant has always been about the empowerment of women, of which I am always in full support of,” he said.
Ending speculations as to who holds the said franchise, the MUO on Saturday said that it aims to continue their partnership with the Araneta Group on BPCI “while seeking to modernize and grow the brand into more than a one day special” with the help of Chavit’s LCS group.
“Simply put, without the vision and support of LCS, and specifically Governor Chavit Singson, the dream of hosting Miss Universe in the Philippines would not have been a reality. Governor Chavit Singson and (his daughter) Richelle Singson Michael worked tirelessly on behalf of Filipinos everywhere to make the Philippines the home of the Miss Universe 2016 event,” they said.
Read the full statement below:
READ: Official statement of Miss Universe Organization re the Miss Universe Philippines franchise still with BPCI (Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc). pic.twitter.com/FIe5OU4vfx— MJ Felipe (@mjfelipe) February 24, 2019