Miss Universe in Cayman for historic weekend

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is announced as the new Miss Universe on Dec. 20, 2015. - Photo: John Locher

Pia Wurtzbach was the name heard around the world in December 2015 when the host of the Miss Universe Pageant, Steve Harvey, acknowledged he had mistakenly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez as the winner. From that moment on, Ms. Wurtzbach was the official, newly crowned Miss Universe and the Filipino communities from here to Manila celebrated their new beauty queen.

This weekend, the local contingent of Filipinos will have the rare opportunity to see their reigning pageant winner up close and personal, as she will be in the Cayman Islands from June 24-26.

Pinoy Pride party

Although June 12 is the official Independence Day for the Philippines, marking the June 12, 1898 day that the country declared independence from Spain, the entire month is considered worthy of celebrating. There will be a Pinoy Pride Independence Month concert at the Lions Centre on Friday featuring a performance from Filipino actress and singer Bianca King, along with other special celebrity guests. Ms. Wurtzbach will be at the event to be officially welcomed to the Cayman Islands by her many fans.

The night promises to be fun and entertaining, as well as offering the chance to see a reigning Miss Universe in person.

While on island, the Miss Universe contingent will be visiting local attractions and spending time in George Town, Camana Bay and the eastern districts and taking a trip to Stingray City.

Ms. Wurtzbach’s visit will give Miss Cayman Islands a chance to spend time with the reigning Miss Universe.

Monyque Brooks, shortly after being crowned Miss Cayman at the pagent at the Lions Centre on Saturday night. - Photo: Taneos Ramsay
Monyque Brooks, shortly after being crowned Miss Cayman at the pagent at the Lions Centre on Saturday night. – Photo: Taneos Ramsay


A meet-and-greet is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Lobster Pot, where potential Miss Cayman contestants will be able to meet Miss Universe and Miss Cayman Islands.

Derri Dacres-Lee, chairwoman of the Miss Cayman Committee, says she is looking forward to speaking with young women interested in becoming the next Miss Cayman Islands.

“This is an amazing opportunity, as our current and past queens will attest to. In addition to finding out more about pageantry experiences, I invite the public to come out and meet our Miss Cayman Islands and the reigning Miss Universe from the Philippines,” said Ms. Dacres-Lee.

Tickets for the concert at the Lions Centre are $25 and are on sale at all Digicel, Jacques Scott, Reflections, Liquor 4 Less and MoneyGram locations. They will also be available at the gate.

Tickets for the meet-and-greet at Lobster Pot are on sale for $50 at Le Classique in George Town and Sand Angels in Camana Bay and from Miss Cayman committee members. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door. Guests will have an opportunity to be professionally photographed with Ms. Brooks and Ms. Wurtzbach at the end of the event.