MANILA - The Miss Universe 2019 pageant will be held in South Korea, according to businessman and former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson.
In an interview on DZMM, Singson said he helped the Miss Universe Organization secure the venue for next year's pageant.
"Dati na akong tumutulong kasi sa Miss Universe, mula noong ako'y nag-sponsor, taon-taon tumutulong ako sa kanila. Kaya sa Bangkok ginawa, nakatulong din ako. Saka next year, na-arrange ko na, sa South Korea, at sasama ang North Korea, kaya maganda ang exposure ni Catriona 'pag tinurn-over na, itu-turn over niya sa next Miss Universe, doon ko gagawin sa South Korea," Singson told DZMM Teleradyo.
Singson also said Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray will be leaving Thursday night for New York, and will be returning to the country for her official homecoming in January or February.
Gray, the Philippines’ fourth Miss Universe winner, arrived via Singson's private jet at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and was swarmed by photographers and members of the media.
The crowd cheered as Gray waved to the crowd in a white suit.
She was accompanied by Miss Universe staff, Singson, and his daughter Richelle, who was one of the judges in the pageant.