LOOK: Steve Harvey arrives in Manila for Miss Universe pageant

LOOK: Steve Harvey arrives in Manila for Miss Universe pageant
Steve joins miss Universe co-host Ashley Graham in the Philippines ahead of coronation night

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe coronation night host Steve Harvey arrived in the Philippines on Saturday, January 28, two days before the big event!

Steve arrived early Saturday morning via a chartered flight and was met by Department of Tourism officals and former Ilocos Sur governor Luis “Chavit” Singson.

Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism

In a statement, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said the country is happy to welcome the host.

“Filipinos welcome Steve Harvey with open arms and​ without any reservation,” the statement said.

“The popular American actor-comedian has millions of excited​ fans in the Philippines​,​ who look forward to having him host/emcee the 65th Miss Universe Coronation on Monday, when the universe, tune in on this thrilla in Manila. In the tradition of genuine Filipino hospitality, we extend our hand of friendship. We assure everyone that, when you are with Filipinos, we embrace you as family.​”

The statement ended with, “We are so happy, honored and proud to have Mr Harvey in the Philippines.”

Steve’s co-host, model Ashley Graham, arrived in the country a few days prior. She accompanied Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach on her trip to Bohol.

Eating my way through the #Philippines with @missuniverse #dairyfree malunggay & honey flavor!

A photo posted by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on






Steve was criticized in 2015 after he mistakenly announced Colombia’s Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner. He has since apologized to both Pia and Ariadna for the mistake. – Rappler.com 


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