Miss Universe Philippines 2021 coronation night deferred

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) — The coronation night of the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 will not push through on September 25, the organization announced on Sunday.

The Miss Universe Philippines Organization said the date and other details of the coronation night will be announced after getting the final approval from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the pageant's "enhanced plans for the finals."

Other events leading up to the crowning moment were rescheduled to later dates. The national costume competition is slated on Thursday, the preliminary interviews will be on Friday, and the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competition are scheduled on Sept. 26.

Thirty contestants were slated to compete, but Davao City's Ybonne Ortega and Zamboanga's Joanna Maria Rabe had to withdraw due to health reasons.

The winner, who will succeed Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo, will represent the country in the prestigious pageant in Eilat, Israel in December.