MANILA -- With much uncertainty around COVID-19, it's difficult to imagine how mass events would look like in the near future. And yes, that includes beauty pageants, which many Filipinos love.
This Tuesday, Miss Universe Philippines has already announced its decision to delay its finals until October, with plans to properly take into account the needed health measures for the safety of both its candidates and its fans against the virus.
This could mean that it may look vastly different from previous pageants.
Will it be taken online? Will there be a stage? How will the girls be judged given the likely restrictions on its format?
The impact of COVID-19 on pageants was one of the topics host Tim Yap and his guests, pageant winners Megan Young and Pia Wurtzbach, tackled during his livestream on Facebook.
You can watch it below, at around the 43:10 mark:
According to Young, who won Miss World 2013, she is having a tough time imagining a pageant without a proper stage where the girls can face the audience and the judges.
"I don't know how I can think of pageants na hindi onstage, without the girls there," she said.
Wurtzbach, for her part, said that a bulk of the program would have to be online and possibly livestreamed.
She also suggested that each of the candidates could be kept inside separate hotel rooms and only be called down to a hall, where the runway could be set up, when it is her turn to walk. "Para bang dressing room na nila iyong kuwarto nila," she said.
She also threw in the idea of postponing everything until next year, when a clearer picture of a "new normal" emerges.
As of Tuesday, the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines is at 9,684, with 637 deaths and 1,408 recoveries.
The government has already announced plans to put certain areas under a general community quarantine -- a less strict version of the enhanced community quarantine in place.