Sa kabila ng global pandemic dahil sa COVID-19, binigyang paliwanag ni Miss Universe Philippines National Director Shamcey Supsup-Lee ang naging dahilan kung bakit napag-desisyunan nila na ituloy ang first edition ng Miss Universe Philippines.
“Even though there’s a pandemic, actually we have been talking about it. We have been discussing and thinking for so long are we going to push through. Why are pageants essential at this time?” tugon ng MUP pageant director sa panayam ni Dyan Castillejo ng ABS-CBN News.
“Of course, a lot of people have been trying to deliver it (the pageant). Even us, personally, we had to really like check what is important in our life because of this pandemic,” sabi pa niya.
Aniya bilang pageant director, pinakinggan niya ang mga kandidata na tulad niya ay minsan rin nangarap sa tulong ng beauty pageant.
“Upon discussing and talking. Of course, our basic needs are basic needs di ba. They are food, shelter, and what is the third one? I said that those are the basic needs but in the end we all want to, you know, we all have dreams. And I think pushing through with the pageant also inspires others that even though this pandemic has changed our life, our plans, or it has destroyed all our aspirations because we had to let go of a job or let go of a, you know, an opportunity because of the pandemic,”
Ayon pa sa MUP National Director, kasunod ng mga pangunahing pangangailangan ngayong humaharap sa krisis ang mundo, naniniwala sila sa Miss Universe Philippines na hindi dapat natitigil ang pagtupad sa mga pangarap.
“Life doesn’t end here and that we still can continue to dream and hopefully through this pageant the girls can give hope to those who are losing hope with their life,” aniya sa panayam.
Sa tulong rin ng naging online campaign ng Miss Universe Philippines, nakapag-abot ang organization at mga kandidata ng tulong sa pamamagitan naman ng kanilang charity program.
“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel… We also wanted to use Miss Universe Philippines as a platform to impact others as well. That’s why we asked the girls to choose a beneficiary that they wanted to help in this pandemic so they have their codes. So every time the fans would subscribe to the Ring Light series a part of that will go to chosen beneficiary.”
Humarap man sa hamon ang Miss Universe Philippines Organization, sinigurado naman ng National Director na mabibigyan pa rin nila ng magandang show ang pageant fans.
Ani Shamcey, dapat aabangan ang mga pasabog ng mga kandidata sa naging extended na paghahanda nila para sa pageant.
“Of course, maraming aabangan aside from our girls in their swimsuits and evening gown. Make sure that we incorporated parang Filipino identity in our show. From the opening to the background and the lighting so hopefully,” sabi pa niya.
Kung may pasabog ang mga kandidata, extra special rin ang Miss Universe Philippines this year sa pakikipagtulungan na rin ng Filipino fashion designers.
Kabilang na dito ang Dubai based Filipino fashion designer si Furne One Amato na gumawa ng swimsuit ng mga kandidata.
Ayon kay Shamcey, hindi ito ordinary swimsuit tulad ng nakasanayan sa mga beauty pageant.
“I can say is it’s not the normal swimsuit that you usually see sa mga pageants. So it’s something. Ako I’m so happy with how the [suit turned out]. It’s very classy. That I can say. Kasi ako ayaw ko din masyadong revealing na swimsuits. It’s so exciting to have him design the swimsuits, ? We are very honored that he agreed to do the swimsuits for the girls. There’s symbolism for everything even for the swimsuit. Bakit ganun yung design, ano yung inspiration behind that. The crown even the opening. So parang lahat talaga we tried to really showcase the beauty of the Philippines.”
At dahil first edition ng Miss Universe Philippines, aminado rin si Shamcey bilang National Director na ramdam niya ang pressure para sa upcoming coronation day.
“Of course, pressured kami a lot are really looking forward to the show so hopefully despite limitations we have, we will be able to really make the Filipinos proud of the show.