On the heels of the culmination of Miss Universe 2019 was a big announcement made by the Miss Universe Philippines organization yesterday afternoon: The Miss Universe franchise will no longer be under the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI).
Since it was inaugurated in 1964 by its chair Stella Marquez Araneta, BPCI has led the search for Miss Universe through the Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant.
"The Miss Universe Organization is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Miss Universe Philippines Organization—a fresh team that will lead the country towards its continued quest to share the beauty and grace of the Filipina to the rest of the world," the announcement read.
From now on, the yearly hunt for the country's Miss Universe bet will be in the hands of the Miss Universe Philippines Organization, helmed by Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up Shamcey Supsup as the national director.
"I am honored with my new role for the organization that brought meaning to my life as a beauty queen and as a woman. I am more than blessed to be the National Director of Miss Universe Philippines," she shared in an Instagram post.
Joining her is Albert Andrada (the international designer behind Pia Wurtzbach's iconic winning night dress) as the design council head and pageant mentor Jonas Gaffud as the creative director.
Lia Ramos, former beauty queen and CEO of Glamourbox.ph will also join the team as head of women empowerment committee and charity. Atty. Nad Bronce will become the head of legal affairs, while Mario Garcia will act as the business development/marketing head.
The first Miss Universe Philippines competition will be held next year, making Gazini Ganados the last Miss Universe winner to have been crowned through Binibining Pilipinas.
Check out the full announcement below: