By Bohol Island News Staff | 12:07 PM January 27, 2020

The Miss Universe Philippines Organization (MUPO) is looking for an accredited partners from provinces who can send official representatives to the Miss Universe Philippines pageant.

The MUPO said that representation and sustainable tourism are among the cherished principles of the Miss Universe Philippines Organization. These principles will be brought to life by the Associated Partner (AP) Programme, which will make its debut in the 2020 Miss Universe Philippines Pageant.

The AP Programme, according to MUPO, is a pageant entry format that brings together candidates and pageant professionals (aptly called Accredited Partners) and local tourism bodies.

The AP Programme celebrates the diversity that is inherent in our culture and geography by giving equal opportunities to aspiring candidates on the one hand, and the provinces and highly urbanized cities (HUCs) on the other, to participate in the MUPh competition, MUPO said.

It likewise formally recognizes and puts a premium on the pageant professionals who have time and again supported countless candidates’ campaigns for the crown.

The AP programme affirms the oneness of the Filipino people by allowing candidates to be matched with APs across the country, placing value on a candidate’s ability to see and share the beauty in the city or province whose name she shall call as her own.

MUPO said a new format will open the doors for a more purposeful search for Miss Universe Philippines.

As the format is in its maiden voyage this 2020, the Miss Universe Philippines Organization said it is committed to continue refining this in the coming years to ensure that the principles of Representation and Sustainable Tourism continue to thrive.


1. Accredited Partners (APs) may field only one candidate per local government unit (LGU), which is either a province or high-urbanized city.

2. Their chosen candidate must meet the qualifications set by MUPh.

3. Their chosen candidate must either have been born or raised in the LGU, or has roots in the same.

4. They may also field a candidate who may not come from the LGU, an “ adopted daughter”’of the LGU who is committed to promote that LGU’s tourism potential. Such commitment shall include creating sustainable tourism promotional videos for the LGU.

5. They may also choose to adopt a walk-in applicant who is chosen as a candidate, subject to the requirements above.

6. APs may form teams for their candidate. The team may include designers, make-up artists, stylists and photographers. MUPh deeply understands their plight, so we strongly encourage our APs to compensate the members of their teams to help defray their expenses.

Interested groups may email their letter of intent to with the subject “Accredited Partner Program of MUP: (NAME OF PROVINCE/ HUC)”. Include in your email background or relevant experiences of the members of your group and why you want to be an accredited partner. Once we have received your email, we will evaluate and endorse to our committee. Those who share the vision of MUP with the right capabilities will most likely be accredited.

Evaluation of possible accredited partners will happen until January 31. They have until February 10 to endorse a possible contestant for Miss Universe Philippines.

To be clear, walk-in applicants will still be accommodated. They still have until January 31 to submit their application forms with final screening on the 1st of February. If they pass the standards of the screening process, Miss Universe Philippines has a system in place on how they can be assigned to accredited partners later on.

Open for Accredited Partners:


1. Abra
2. Apayao
3. Benguet
4. Ifugao
5. Kalinga
6. Mountain Province
7. Ilocos Norte
8. Ilocos Sur
9. La Union
10. Pangasinan
11. Batanes
12. Cagayan
13. Isabela
14. Nueva Vizcaya
15. Quirino
16. Aurora
17. Bataan
18. Bulacan
19. Nueva Ecija
20. Pampanga
21. Tarlac
22. Zambales
23. Batangas
24. Cavite
25. Laguna
26. Quezon
27. Rizal
28. Marinduque
29. Occidental Mindoro
30. Oriental Mindoro
31. Palawan
32. Romblon
33. Albay
34. Camarines Norte
35. Camarines Sur
36. Catanduanes
37. Masbate
38. Sorsogon
39. Aklan
40. Antique
41. Capiz
42. Guimaras
43. Iloilo
44. Negros Occidental
45. Bohol
46. Cebu
47. Negros Oriental
48. Siquijor
49. Biliran
50. Eastern Samar
51. Leyte
52. Northern Samar
53. Samar
54. Southern Leyte
55. Zamboanga Del Norte
56. Zamboanga Del Sur
57. Zamboanga Sibugay
58. Bukidnon
59. Camiguin
60. Lanao del Norte
61. Misamis Occidental
62. Misamis Oriental
63. Davao de Oro
64. Davao Del Norte
65. Davao Del Sur
66. Davao Occidental
67. Davao Oriental
68. North Cotabato
69. Sarangani
70. South Cotabato
71. Sultan Kudarat
72. Agusan Del Norte
73. Agusan Del Sur
74. Dinagat Islands
75. Surigao Del Norte
76. Surigao Del Sur
77. Basilan
78. Lanao Del Sur
79. Maguindanao
80. Sulu
81. Tawi tawi

Highly Urbanized Cities

1. Angeles
2. Bacolod
3. Baguio
4. Butuan
5. Cagayan De Oro
6. Caloocan
7. Cebu City
8. Davao City
9. General Santos
10. Iligan
11. Iloilo City
12. Lapulapu
13. Las Piñas
14. Lucena
15. Makati
16. Mandaluyong
17. Malabon
18. Mandaue
19. Manila
20. Marikina
21. Muntinlupa
22. Navotas
23. Olongapo
24. Parañaque
25. Pasay
26. Pasig
27. Puerto Princesa
28. Quezon City
29. San Juan
30. Tacloban
31. Taguig
32. Valenzuela
33. Zamboanga City

By Bohol Island News

Your reliable source of news and content in the island and the rest of Central Visayas and Mindanao.

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