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Official na bes! Mall of Asia Arena, napiling venue ng Miss Universe pageant

Despite gaining protests from women's rights groups, the holding of the next installment of the Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines has been finally announced.

In a news conference on Thursday, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said the coronation ceremony of the next installment of Miss Universe will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena on January 30, 2017 at 5 a.m Philippine Standard Time.
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The announcement was made amid rumors that the upcoming pageant will be cancelled, and a petition to reconsider holding it in the Philippines.

"After all that’s been said and done, I happily welcome on behalf of the DOT the latest announcement of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) through Pia Wurtzbach that finally the Philippines will indeed play host to the much awaited 2016 Miss Universe pageant," Teo said.

"The Miss Universe 2016 in Manila is brought to you by the DOT, MUO, LCS Group of Companies ...in partnership with Okada Manila, SM Group of Companies, Solar Ent Corp, our broadcast partner."

"This is one proud moment for all of us Filipinos to be a witness to the reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach of Cagayan De Oro as she takes her final walk and passes her crown in her home country, the Philippines."

Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach also posted a video on Facebook announcing the exciting news!

"We are counting on you, our media partners, event partners, sponsors, to join us as we welcome the Miss Universe candidates, their followers, and their supporters from all over the world. Together, let us show them the soul of the Philippines, and our warm Filipino hospitality," Teo said.

In July, Teo announced that the DOT is talking to the Miss Universe organizers about the possibility of holding the pageant in the country.

READ: Liberal Party members mailed Miss U organizers asking them not to hold the pageant in the PHL to condemn Duterte

Earlier, Teo clarified that the event will solely be funded by private sponsors and that no money will be taken from the government's fund.

The Philippines will be represented by Maxine Medina, a 25-year-old interior designer and model.

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