March 16 ------ The inaugural Miss Universe Philippines (MUPh) 2020 beauty pageant has been moved to June 14 in line with government measures against the spread of the coronavirus. The country’s search for the Philippine delegate to the world’s most prestigious beauty contest was originally set for May 3. MUPh organizers cancelled all pre-pageant activities recently. Fifty-one contestants are vying for the title of Miss Universe Philippines 2020. The full statement as posted on the Miss Universe Philippines official Facebook:
“Miss Universe Philippines (MUPh) is taking a graceful pause to stand with the Filipino people in its fight against COVID-19. The support of our contestants, pageant fans, and sponsors thus far is both humbling and inspiring, and it gives MUPh the confidence to take this important step to help our country.
“Pageant activities will be suspended with immediate effect to ensure the health and safety of our contestants, and for fans and production teams to focus on responding to the National Government’s recently implemented community quarantine. The Finals will now take place on 14 June 2020, Sunday. MUPh remains committed to taking Philippine pageantry to amazing new heights. Measured adjustments to the competition schedule and delivery of new and exciting events are being finalized and will be announced in the coming days and weeks.
“The Philippines’ four Miss Universe crowns are a testament to the country’s ability to come together as a people and support an important cause. The fight against COVID-19 is no different. The entire MUPh community is encouraged to stay healthy, vigilant and informed as the country works to rise above this evolving challenge. “In the meantime, we will continue to post online tourism videos of the contestants so that amidst this challenge, we still can be reminded of the beauty of the Philippines worthy to be celebrated beyond our coastlines.”