For those who have known me personally, watching the beauty pageants is one of my favorite Sunday night pastime. Grabbing my drinks, some kettle corn and tagging my bestie, we always make sure that Sunday pageant night is an exclusive for us. Though we couldn't afford to buy those high priced tickets, we always feel thankful for the network(s) exclusive coverage which is a huge deal for us beauty pageant fanatics.
And for this year's 65th Miss Universe pageant, another awesome milestone is happening!
As the pageant fever continues to rise in the Philippines, only one television network gives everyone access to the preliminary show of the universe’s most beautiful competition.
Kapatid network, TV5, invites everyone to catch its exclusive airing of the swimsuit and long gown rounds of the 65th Miss Universe competition. Happening at the SM Moa Arena, the preliminary swimsuit competition will air on January 28, 9:30PM, and the long gown competition on January 29, 8:45PM. A must-watch for all pageant fans, the performances of the candidates during the two events will greatly impact their standing in the competition.
“The preliminaries are very important because these are the only part where the girls will have the chance to shine as a big group for the last time. By January 30, only the top 15 girls will really get their spotlight on stage for the final swimsuit competition, and 10 for the evening gown,” explains world renowned pageant enthusiast, Norman Tinio. “The preliminaries are very much-awaited every year as they represent the make or break part of the competition. These events give everyone a better idea of who really deserves the crown.”
“You can basically determine who will enter the top 15 and top 10 from the preliminaries,” adds Aces & Queens founder Jonas Gaffud. “It’s in this stage where judges are able to clearly see if you are smart, beautiful, and if you have the ability to own the stage. That’s why a candidate must really have what I call ‘power’. I tell that to everyone I train—they should have that power to make the stage their own.”
Dubbed “beauty queen maker”, Gaffud has been training the Philippines’ representatives in international beauty competitions, including Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa.
Pageant enthusiast and multi award-winning director Joey Reyes also shares, “The preliminaries are so much harder than the semi-finals, because when you become a semi-finalist, you enter a stage in the competition where you are competing against 14 other women only. But in the preliminaries, there are 85 of you. This is the part of the competition where beauty alone won’t carry you through.”
In partnership with the Miss Universe Organization and official Philippine broadcast partner of Miss Universe 2016 Solar Entertainment, TV5 is the only television network that will cover the preliminaries of the 65th Miss Universe competition. In a statement, its President and CEO, Vincent “Chot” Reyes, said that the station really pushed to gain rights to air the events as part of its commitment to provide world-class entertainment to Filipinos.
“Filipinos can look forward to watching their favorite contestants compete even before the grand finale, which is something only TV5 can offer. We aim to bring the pageant to life by bringing it closer to the hearts and enthusiasm of every Filipino.”
In addition to the preliminaries, TV5 will also air a live national telecast of the 65th Miss Universe Competition’s Coronation Night on January 30.
So stay tune and mark you calendars for these dates!
UPDATE: JANUARY 26, 10:18PM
Thanks for our generous friends at TV5 Network and Jules Veloso (hello babe!) tonight I've got a chance to attend the VIP Viewing Party for the Swimsuit and Long Gown Competition at Nectar Bar, The Fort, Bonifacio Global City.
Together with fellow pageant fanatics and beauty critics of the Metro, we've celebrate and showed our support to our favorite candidates, with unlimited booze!