If you’re an avid pageant fan then we’re sure you already know by now that the annual Miss Universe Philippines is indeed pushing through this year. Fanfare aside, with a panel of judges, staff and stage crew, and over 40 contestants, you might be wondering how exactly they’re holding the much-anticipated national event given the current pandemic. Well, we’ve got all the important deets for you.
First of all, the preliminary rounds, including the interview, swimsuit, national, costume, and evening gown competitions will all be filmed with no live audience. Instead, eager fans can still expect to see the whole contest unfold by subscribing to the Ring Light series on Empire.ph.
Likewise, the coronation night to be held on October 25 at the Baguio Country Club in Baguio City, will also be filmed and subsequently aired on the aforementioned platform at 10:30 am. Casual watchers can also catch the grand finale on GMA-7 at 9 am.
“The Miss Universe Philippines Organization, including the candidates, the production team, and the pageant officers, will strictly and consistently coordinate with the appropriate national agencies and the local government of Baguio City throughout the entire production of the finale episode,” explains the pageant organizers. “This includes an on-site inspection prior to filming to ensure adequate and well-ventilated space for social distancing, sanitary facilities in all entrances and exits, and an isolation area for those who show symptoms of COVID-19.”
Aside from this, all pageant participants will be tested for COVID-19 prior to the event and will be provided with their own waiting rooms. They must also do their own hair and makeup (with virtual tutorials by hair and makeup artists), and are required to wear PPE’s when they’re not performing or filming.
As an added protocol “Miss Universe Philippines will also conduct rigorous screening and testing for all members of the production team before the start of filming…Members of the production team will wear the appropriate personal protective equipment at all times, and production will be limited to a maximum of 15 people to 50 people—including the candidates—on set when filming.”
The preliminary interview will air on Ring Light on October 21, while the national costume, swimsuit and evening gown episode will take place on October 23.