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The question whether there’s already a new owner of the Miss Universe franchise in the Philippines has been circulating for a while now.

This inquiry has been raised by pageant enthusiasts after the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) did not officially announce the arrival of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray who was crowned earlier this week at the  competition held in Bangkok, Thailand.

Richelle Louise Singsong-Michael, architect and vice chair of Luis Chavit Singsong (LSC) Group of Companies has finally popped the answer to this controversial question. According to her, LSC doesn’t own the franchise “yet.”

RS Francisco, Frontrow president, and Richelle Louise Singson-Michael, with 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray during the Frontrow Cares’s media press conference. (Kristofer Purnell)

“There’s no talk yet about the franchise,” she says during the Frontrow Cares press conference held in Shangri-La The Fort, BGC, Taguig where the newly crowned Miss Universe appeared. “Right now we just wanna focus on Catriona coming to the Philippines and congratulating her.”

Singson-Michael is one of the seven judges during the recently held Miss Universe pageant. Her father, former Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson also funded the successful 65th Miss Universe competition in Manila last January 2017.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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The All-Women Powerhouse Shot of the night. Empowering women and enabling gender equality facilitates economic growth, political stability, and social transformation; and the Miss Universe Organization has always been at the forefront of this promulgation. This group must be the most successful conglomerate of women that I have ever worked with. The Miss Universe Organization has been led by female president @realpaulashugart for more than 20 years and has become a very powerful platform for countless advocacies. Having strong female achievers on this years panel definitely kicked the expectations up in determining the winner. Here are the 9 women and 3 of us can not be more proud to be from the Philippines!! 🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭 ===================================== ***Lily Gil Valletta @liligilusa Award winning entrepreneur and CEO of Culture-intel CIEN+ /// ***Monique Lhuillier @moniquelhuillier World-renowned fashion designer and Creative Director /// *****Iman Oubou @imanoubou Founder and CEO of SWAAY Media. *****Michelle Mclean @michellemcleanofficial Former Miss Universe and partner in the Business of the Beauty /// *****Porntip “Bui” Simon @bui.simon Former Miss Universe and Founder of the Angel Wings Foundation /// *****Richelle Louise Singson-Michael @arch_richellesingson Architect, Entrepreneur and top Aviation Executive /// *****Janaye⁩ Ingram @janaye_ingram Corporate Executive and Co-Founder of The Women’s March /// *****Paula Shugart @realpaulashugart President for more than 20 years of this amazing organization, Miss Universe! ===================================== and of course… Catriona Gray, @catriona_gray who is now embarking on her journey as Miss Universe and touching the lives of many. 📸by Noel San Andres 👗by @carysantiago

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For more than five decades, BPCI has been sending our country’s representative to the said competition. If LCS will take over on the Miss Universe franchise, the remaining beauty pageants under BPCI would be Bb. Pilipinas International, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational, and Bb. Pilipinas Globe.

(Featured image: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray arrived on Wednesday, December 19, with former governor Chavit Singson. (Ali Vicoy))

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