MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Candidates for the 65th Miss Universe pageant are starting to arrive in the country.
On Saturday, January 7, Miss US Virgin Islands Carolyn Carter was the first to land in Manila. She was met by a lot of passengers at the airport.
“Mabuhay Pilipinas! I’m so happy to be reunited with the Philippines for the third time, it feels like I’m coming home, and may I say, I am quite thankful all of my luggage has arrived!” she wrote on Instagram.
In another post, Carolyn said: “Just stepped off the plane, but first, let me take a selfie. Philippines, you sure know how to make a girl feel loved and welcomed!! Mahal ko kayo (I love you all)!”
According to her Miss Universe biography, Carolyn is a 26-year-old blogger and painter. She’s also an active spokesperson for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.
Miss Guyana Soyini Fraser
Miss Guyana Soyini Fraser was the second candidate to arrive in the country on Monday, January 9. On Instagram, she shared that she was at a food tasting with Carolyn.
“At the Mall of Asia right now attending the Governor’s Ball Food Tasting event. Filipino food is so delicious!” she wrote.
Miss Brazil Raissa Santana and Miss Sierra Leone Hawa Kamara
Miss Brazil Raissa Santana is the first from Latin America to arrive in the Philippines.
“Hello Manila! Such a warm welcome from this nice and sweet people!” she said on Instagram.
She also posted a photo of herself with Miss Sierra Leone’s Hawa Kamara, who is also in the Philippines.
We are happy to welcome Miss Sierra Leone Hawa Kamara! #MissUInsider pic.twitter.com/cyvSw0qTA6
We are happy to welcome Miss Sierra Leone Hawa Kamara! #MissUInsider pic.twitter.com/cyvSw0qTA6— Okada Manila (@okadamanila) January 9, 2017
Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane
On Tuesday evening, January 10, Chalita Suansane of Thailand arried in the country. Chalita was one of the candidates who came to Manila for the kick-off party last December. (IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2016 candidates arrive for kick-off party in Manila)
Chalita also posted a short video of speaking in Filipino.
More than 80 candidates will vie for the Miss Universe crown currently held by the Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach. The other candidates are expected to arrive within the week, with many scheduled on January 12 and 13.
This page will be updated as more candidates arrive in the country.
The ladies will be touring the Philippines in the next 3 weeks, with visits to Baguio, Vigan, Cebu, Davao, Boracay, and Batangas lined up. (READ: Gov’t: Security, traffic measures being set for Miss Universe pageant)
The pageant will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena, with Steve Harvey as host and Ashley Graham as backstage host. – Rappler.com
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