Miss Universe entrants visit Siargao
THE first batch of Miss Universe candidates kicked-off their provincial tour in the island of Siargao.
Twelve beauties made the most of the pearly white beaches of the province as they were welcomed by the locals in the "Surfing Capital of the Philippines."
Among those who traveled this week for the promotional tour were Miss USA Deshauna Barber, Miss Korea Jenny Kim, Miss New Zealand Tania Pauline Dawson, Miss Australia Caris Tiivel, Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane and Miss Japan Sari Nakazawa.
Miss Vietnam Dang Thi Le Hang, Miss Indonesia Kezia Warouw, Miss Mynmar Htet Htet Htun, Miss Malaysia Kiran Jassal, Miss China Li Zhenying, and our very own Maxine Medina were also part of the group.
Their visit to the province came after Miss Universe officially launched the 65th edition of the competition Saturday evening at the S Maison Mall at the Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City.
Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach personally welcomed this year's entrants and said it's a dream come true to hold the pageant in the Philippines.
"Thank you so much for making this happen. It's not just a dream of the Miss Universe Organization but it's also a dream of mine to bring back the competition here and to show the world how beautiful the Philippines is."
Aside from Siargao, the Miss Universe candidates are expected to visit the provinces of Ilocos, Davao, Cebu and Baguio.
The pageant will be held on January 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena.