February 25, 2018, 7:52 am
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Reigning Miss Universe, other beauties in PH for series of DOT events

NEWLY crowned Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa with a host of other Miss Universe beauties, including Iris Mittenaere of France who won the title in Manila last January, arrived in Manila on separate flights yesterday for a series of tourism events organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Joining Nel-Peters and Mittenaere for the Philippine tour are eleven candidates who competed at the 66th Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas last November 27, namely Misses Italy, Netherlands, Canada, Great Britain, Russia, Singapore, India, China, Malaysia, Korea, and USA.   

Teo said the delegates selected for the tour come from countries which are big as well as emerging tourist markets for the Philippines.

Miss Philippines and Miss Universe 2017 top 10 finisher Rachel Peters, who arrived from the US Monday morning, will also be joining the tour.

DOT has also disclosed that the candidates will go on a Manila tour including visits to the Rizal Park and Intramuros.

A press dinner is scheduled for the beauties at a hotel in Makati City today.

On December 7, the ladies will be joining a cultural fashion show at a resort hotel in Parañaque City.  

On December 8 they will start their provincial tours.  Nel-Peters will be touring Batanes, while Mittenaere will be traveling to Bohol. The other candidates will be traveling to Camiguin with Rachel Peters.

On December 9, they will finish the whole event with the Women of Significance Gala Night at Sofitel in Manila.

The candidates will be flying back home to their countries on December 10.  

DOT Secretary Teo said the event is a part of their “bring home a friend project” and the promotion of the country.   

In a GMA news report, Teo disclosed that the Philippines was supposed to host this year’s Miss Universe pageant, but President Rodrigo Duterte spurned the request to give way for the ASEAN Summit.

“They [Miss Universe Organization] went back to us months after and said that they wanted again for us to host the Miss Universe this year, so of course I have to ask the President first, kung puwede. He said ‘wag muna this year because of ASEAN,” Teo said.
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