WATCH: Pia Wurtzbach welcomes Miss Universe candidates to PH
MANILA, Philippines – A few of the Miss Universe 2016 candidates are in Manila for the week, and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach welcomed them to the country with a few words at the pageant's kick-off party.
The kick off party was held on Saturday, December 10, at the at the S Maison Mall at Conrad Hotel, Pasay City. Pia greeted the 11 candidates who are in the country to help promote the pageant, including Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina. (READ: Miss U is on! Queen Pia, candidates kick off pageant in PH)
"I'm just really grateful that it’s finally happening, the pageant is finally happening here.
"It started with an idea, and I asked Paula [Shugart, Miss Universe Organization president] if it was okay for me to – during my interviews, during my homecoming – is it okay that I mention it during interviews that we would like to host the next Miss Universe competition here, because who knows, it might actually happen. And now, here we are."
Pia also said that it was a dream come true for her to crown her successor in the Philippines.
"It’s not only a dream of Paula’s, a dream of the Miss Universe organization, but also a dream of mine to bring back the competition here and to show the world how beautiful the Philippines is. And it would really be great if I could finally have a proper walk onstage, in no less than in my home country, of course."
Pia and the ladies will travel around the country to promote the pageant for a week, with Cebu and Siargao as part of the itinerary.
The Miss Universe coronation night is set to be held on January 30, 2017. – Rappler.com