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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, December 5, 2017
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Miss Universe 2017,
other bets arriving

MANILA - Right after winning the Miss Universe 2017 crown on November 26, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa, together with her predecessor, Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere, and select candidates will visit Manila and parts of the Philippines this week.

In a press conference yesterday, Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said it was the Miss Universe Organization that personally requested the agency to let the ladies tour the country starting today.

“Actually, when the Miss Universe was here, I think that was in mid-September, they wanted us to host the Miss Universe again," she said. "They asked us again if those candidates who won could come to the Philippines because last January, the candidates went around the Philippines and they said the candidates really want it."

Teo said the DOT agreed to host the beauty titlists from select countries that the department identified as "key and emerging markets" in tourism.

The visit will run from December 5 to 10. The ladies will join a tour in Manila on Wednesday, a charity ball and the DOT Christmas party on Thursday, a tour by group in Batanes, Bohol, and Camiguin on December 8, and a gala night on December 9.

DOT Undersecretary Kat De Castro said apart from 2016 and 2017 Miss Universe, those who have confirmed include Ms. Canada, Ms. Malaysia, Ms. Singapore, Ms. India, Ms. Great Britain, Ms. China, Ms. Italy, Ms. Netherlands, Ms. Russia, Ms. Korea, Ms. USA, and Miss Universe Organization president Paula Mary Shugart.

Teo said fans in Bohol may have the chance to welcome Ms. France, Ms. Russia, Ms. Netherlands, Ms. South Korea, and Ms. Canada.

Meanwhile, Ms. Philippines Rachel Peters, Ms. China, Ms. Italy, Ms. Great Britain and Ms. Malaysia will visit Camiguin.

Teo said Italy, Netherlands, Russia, India, and Canada have been identified as "emerging markets" while Great Britain, USA, Singapore, China, Malaysia, and South Korea are "key markets".

She added that the Miss Universe organization has expressed intention to hold the Miss Universe pageant again next year in the country.

“They really want (the Philippines to host), when we said no this year, they asked us if possible next year, I said it depends on the president again, I have to ask permission from the president."

In its Facebook page, the Miss Universe organization said the reigning Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere and some of this year's contestants will be walking in a Miss Universe fashion show sponsored by Front Row Philippines.

They're looking forward to the incredible hospitality of the Department of Tourism Philippines, seeing some of the 7,107 islands, being a part of DOT's Women of Significance Gala Night, and the Miss Universe fashion show, it added.*PNA


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