Chavit Singson Recalls 2016 Mr. Universe Pageant Moment
Narvacan, Ilocos Sur Mayor Chavit Singson recall how he got the chance yet pricey just to host the Miss Universe pageant in 2016.
Aiko Melendez had an interview with the Mayor of Ilocos Sur Chavit Singson on her YouTube channel. Chavit revealed that she spent $ 12 million to host the pageant in Manila.
Chavit recalled that he has to spend six million dollars in the said pageant to become the host. At first, he thought he only needed to deposit $ 1 million to guarantee to host.
“Alam mo, naging malapit na kaibigan ko sila dahil nu’ng una nagpunta ako sa New York, hindi nila ako kilala. Kilala ako as governor, pero ‘di nila ako kilala (as businessman). Kasi in-explain nila sa akin nu’ng nagpunta ako, ‘You know, you have to spend six million (dollars).’ ‘Yeah, okay.’ So, six million,” Chavit recalled.
“Andami nang punta ko, siguro diskumpiyado, ‘You have to deposit one million dollars, unrefundable.’ Sinong negosyanteng gagawa nu’n? Wala. Magbigay ka ng one million dollars? Kung ‘di mahusay usapan niyo, kumpiskado,” he added.
But the organization needs the full $ 12 million dollars to ensure hosting for the Philippines. After he deposits the first six million he asked them to sign the contract but they said that he should deposit another six million for the organizations.
“Sige, deposito ako. ‘So, pirmahan na tayo?’ ‘No, no. You have to deposit six million (dollars).’ Nagdeposito ako ng six million. ‘Okay, let’s sign.’ You have to deposit another six million.’ ‘Why?’ Yun ang gagastusin sa Miss Universe. Six million, Miss Universe, six million gagastusin mo.” Chavit said.
“Baka ‘di ko raw gastusin. Ganoon kaistrikto. So, nagdeposito ako. Nagbigay ulit ako six million. So, 12 million (dollars in total),” he added.
Chavit also confirmed reports that the Philippine franchise at the pageant was given to him but he refused, saying he would only help the organization. “Binibigay nga sa akin. Pero hindi na… hindi ko na kailangan. Tutulong na lang ako.’
Now he shared that there is still a discount after his deposit. The Miss Universe Philippines franchise includes the Miss Universe Philippines Organization headed by National Director Shamcey Supsup-Lee.
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