With the recent news that another Miss Universe Philippines candidate recently tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the Miss Universe Philippines Organization released its latest statement about this development. The first candidate who had tested positive was Maria Isabela Galeria of Sorsogon followed by Vincy Vacalares of Cagayan de Oro.
The statement reads:
“The Miss Universe Philippines Organization’s top priority continues to be the health and safety of all our candidates. We remain committed to ensuring that we follow all of the protocols and guidelines set forth by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
“We are grateful to the Baguio City government, especially to Mayor Benjamin Magalong, for allowing us to film the preliminary interview, national costume, swimsuit, evening gown, and grand finale that will crown the first Miss Universe Philippines at the Baguio Country Club on October 25, 2020. We have consistently coordinated with Baguio City officials to ensure that we follow their rigorous protocols in order to preserve its status as a COVID-free city.
“The Miss Universe Philippines Organization also made sure that we continue to provide care and support for all of our candidates as they go through their Miss Universe Philippines journey during this unprecedented time. We have chosen St. Luke’s Medical Center as our official health partner to conduct the swab testing for all of our candidates and provide the best care and treatment needed, should any of them become positive of COVID.
“While it is unfortunate and heartbreaking to see some of our candidates leave the competition, we thank them for being a part of the Miss Universe Philippines family. We salute their bravery and courage as they go through this difficult time and rest assured, we will continue to provide all of the help and support they need. We strongly believe that this is not the end of their journey as they will soon emerge victorious to be able to pursue their dreams of becoming beauty queens.”
In their earlier press statement, the Miss Universe Philippines Organization had announced that there will be no live audience during the entire production but viewers can watch the pageant online through the Ring Light series on empire.ph for a one-time fee of P299 for Philippine residents and $6 for viewers abroad starting on October 23 until the grand finale on October 25 at 10:30 am Philippine time.