Miss Universe 2017 visits PH to kick off holiday season

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Bevy of beauties, including France’s Iris Mittenaere, due in Manila for DOT campaign

Newly crowned Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa, along with 2016 title holder Iris Mittenaere of France and several other pageant candidates were expected to fly into Manila as of press time on Tuesday for a “Christmas tour.”

The Miss Universe Organization announced the avalanche of beauties through the pageant’s Facebook account.

The post read, “It’s happening… The reigning #MissUniverse Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, #MissUniverse 2016 Iris Mittenaere and some of this year’s contestants are heading to the Philippines!


“They’re looking forward to the incredible hospitality of Department of Tourism – Philippines, seeing some of the 7,107 Islands, being a part of DOT’s Women of Significance Gala Night, and the #MissUniverse Fashion Show.”

Besides Nel-Peters and Mittenaere, due in the capital through late Tuesday evening were beauties from Italy, Netherlands, Canada, Great Britain, Russia, Singapore, India, China, Malaysia, Korea, and USA. The Department of Tourism (DOT), however, said it is still awaiting confirmation from 2017 Miss Universe favorite Miss Thailand.

The Philippines’ bet and Top 10 finalist Rachel Peters, who came home Sunday, will also be present in the activities.

In a press conference, DOT said that the beauty queens will be in the country until December 10.

The activities included in the DOT itinerary are a Manila tour, a press conference and welcome dinner on December 6; a Charity Ball and DOT Christmas party on December 7; visits to Batanes, Bohol and Camiguin on December 8; and the “Women of Significance” gala night and fashion show at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on December 9.

The Miss Universe contingent’s visit is part of DOT’s “Bring Home a Friend” campaign, which encourages Filipinos and other tourism ambassadors to promote the country among travelers abroad.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said of the beauty queens, “(They will be) Philippine ambassadors and when they go back to their countries, they will be tourism ambassadors [for us]. [They also] have a lot of following on their social media accounts.”

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