Miss Universe franchise no longer with Binibining Pilipinas

Credit to Author: Iza Iglesias, TMT| Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2019 11:51:32 +0000

Shamcey Supsup appointed as national director of Miss U PH franchise

After 50 solid years, it was announced Monday that the Miss Universe franchise will no longer be under the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BCPI). The BCPI was founded in 1969 by Stella Márquez-Araneta and has since been chaired by the former Miss International.

The announcement came a few hours after Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019, by no less than the newly established Miss Universe Philippines Organization with the following statement:

“The Miss Universe Organization expresses its heartfelt gratitude to the Araneta Group and Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. for their more than 50 years of stewardship of the Miss Universe brand and franchise in the Philippines. Both organizations have made an indelible mark in the international pageant scene for celebrating the intelligence, beauty and grace of hundreds of Filipina queens, and for garnering several international titles through the years.

“Undeniably, the most prestigious of these titles continues to be the coveted Miss Universe Philippines. The foundation and fundamentals of Philippine Pageantry are known worldwide to be solid and shall endure all because of the hard work and commitment of the Araneta Group and BPCI.

“Today is a momentous occasion as the country and the Miss Universe Organization focus their collective gaze towards the future of pageantry. It is but fitting that the path to the future be led with vigor and a vision aligned with the transformative purpose of Miss Universe. The Miss Universe Organization is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Miss Universe Philippines Organization – a fresh team that will lead the country towards its continued quest to share the beauty and grace of the Filipina to the rest of the world.”

The statement was posted on the organization’s official social media page.

Shamcey Supsup-Lee

Meanwhile, MOU appointed Shamcey Supsup as national director of the Philippine franchise Director. She will be joined by Albert Andrada as Design Council Head, Jonas Gaffud as Creative Director, Lia Ramos as Head of Women Empowerment Committee and Charity, lawyer Nad Bronce as Head of Legal Affairs, and Mario Garcia as Business Development/ Marketing Head.

“Rooted in the same strong foundations that have earned the country title after title in the past half century, the Miss Universe Philippines Organization is poised to bring the Miss Universe franchise to greater heights. More importantly, it is the continued support of the pageant fans and community that inspires the Miss Universe Organization to take this crucial step forward. With the Filipina at the center of it all, a bright and beautiful future lies ahead,” Miss Universe Philippines added.

Since 1964, BCPI has led the search for Miss Universe Philippines. Besides selecting the country’s candidate to Miss Universe, they also select representatives to five other international contests including Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Grand International and Miss Globe.

As of this writing, BPCI has yet to issue a statement regarding the unexpected development.