Bb. Pilipinas – Universe 2010 and 4th run-up Miss Universe 2010, Ma. Venus Raj has moved to the Kapamilya network, ABS-CBN, according to a statement issued on January 14. At the same time, the ABS-CBN announced its five-year partnership contract with Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPIC), organizer of the Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant.
Bb. Pilipinas - Universe 2010 and 4th run-up Miss Universe 2010, Ma. Venus Raj has moved to the Kapamilya network, ABS-CBN
Present in the contract signing were Charo Santos-Concio, ABS-CBN President and COO, Cory Vidanes, ABS-CBN Channel Head, Linggit Tan, ABS-CBN Head of TV Entertainment Production, Stella Marquez-Araneta, Chairperson of BPIC, Conchitina Bernardo and Pitoy Moreno, members of the BPIC executive board, Sienna Olaso, BPIC Director for Marketing and Romy Tan, BPIC Head of Finance and Ms Venus Raj, 2010 Bb Pilipinas Universe.
Kapuso network, GMA 7, hosted the pageant for eight consecutive years (1998-2010). The station has yet to issue a statement.
Following this partnership, the Kapamilya ABS-CBN-2 network will be airing the 2011 Binibining Pilipinas pageant in March and the Miss Universe 2011 Pageant in September in Sao Paulo, Brazil. With the move, according to the same statement, the competitions can be watched not only in the country, but from all over the world through ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel (TFC).
“Venus Raj feels very proud to be part of the Kapamilya network. Before she signed a contract with ABS-CBN, she was special guest of some of the media giant’s special projects such as the 2010 Bayaning Pilipino Awards and the ABS-CBN Christmas Special, and a stint as a “hurado” in one of the network’s leading talent shows like Showtime,” it said.
“I’m extremely honored to become part of the country’s biggest network. I’m proud to be a Kapamilya,” said Venus Raj.
The BPCI is founded by its chairman Stella Márquez-Araneta, a key partner in nation-building for over four decades, providing skills training, educational workshops, mission work and other relevant services for the marginalized sectors of the community, according to the statement.
The ABS-CBN Special Projects team headed by Chit Guerrero will spearhead the pageant’s production. The show will be directed by Johnny Manahan.