The final show of the Miss Universe 2016 pageant may not include whale shark watching in Oslob town in southern Cebu. The move is being considered after netizens and environmentalists expressed disappointment at the inclusion of such activity in the candidates’ itinerary, during their visit in the province on Tuesday.

Whale shark watching

In a press briefing, Tourism Undersecretary Katherine de Castro said they are considering the chances of not including whale shark watching in Oslob in the Miss Universe final show to regard the protests of various groups against it. However, though they would take this position into deliberation, de Castro reiterated the decision would be solely up to pageant organizers.

A number of concerned netizens and environmentalists took to social media to call on the organizers and remind them the pageant is supposed to be a platform that promotes environmental protection and social awareness. Some also issued a plea asking the Miss Universe candidates to refrain from swimming with the whale sharks in the town.

Miss Universe candidates’ Oslob visit

Oslob was among the recommended places for the candidates to visit as the tourism department is eager to feature both the Philippine eagle and whale shark in the final show. The town became a venue for recreation since whale sharks started swimming in its shores and the local government opened it to tourists.

During the visit, de Castro clarified that there were only five candidates present and that it was simply an ocular inspection. She noted that should the whale shark watching will not push through in Oslob, organizers may opt to do it in Donsol, Sorsogon instead.

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Prior to their trip in Cebu, the beauty queens visited the Island of Siargao and were toured in Intramuros, Manila. The ladies had a quick time off at a resort before finally heading off to Oslob.

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