Miss Universe 2016: Notes from the VIP section (Part 1)
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When I was young I got to watch Bb. Pilipinas live at the Araneta Coliseum. I remember it being so much fun, with all the gays and fans screaming—I wanted to experience it again.
What better way to do it than to watch Miss Universe in Manila?
But I wasn’t willing to pay these ticket prices.

Miss Universe ticket prices

Gov. Chavit Singson spent more than US$12.5 million to stage it here, and I heard he lost money.
If Mr. Singson can’t make money of it, nobody in their right mind will do it again. Therefore, it’s our last chance.

But somehow the universe heard me. The day before the coronation night, I got a text from Vanessa Vergara of M.A.C—official makeup sponsor of Miss Universe 2016—that she had two VIP tickets for me!! I was over the moon!
I decided to bring Dinna, who has been covering the preliminaries for Smart Communications, but had no ticket to the main event.
With an on-air time of 8 AM, that meant we should be at Mall of Asia Arena by 7 AM.
That means leaving the house at 6 AM and getting up at 4:30 AM to get dressed.

Here’s why I believe Mr. Singson lost money. I heard they were scrambling for funds days before the event—even calling mayors’ offices for sponsorship.
Candidates were sent out to minor sponsors to hawk strange products that have nothing to do with beauty—anything to raise more funds. I also heard the candidates were dead tired from all the extracurricular activities, such as hawking Ligo sardines.

Miss Universe x Ligo

I really felt bad for them, not to mention, embarrassed. I had a flashback to my childhood in the’70s when Joe Quirino gave Family rubbing alcohol to Gina Lollobrigida. I was scarred for life, but I digress…

(To be continued)

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