“It is truly a great honor for us to be sharing you our most beautiful destinations including the rich culture and history behind each of these gems,” President Duterte added.
The Miss Universe contestants toured various tourist spots and culturally-rich destinations in the country, such as Vigan, Cebu, Baguio, Batangas, and Davao, as part of their pre-pageant activities.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is the government agency tasked to lead the Philippines’ hosting for this year’s Miss Universe pageant in coordination with partners in the private sector.
“More than presenting beauty and brains, the Miss Universe competition,” the Chief Executive said, “is an opportunity for the candidates to represent their country, promote their advocacies, and advance women empowerment.”
“More importantly, this is chance for you to make an impact, to inspire change, and even be the change that you wish to see in the world,” President Duterte concluded.
A total of 84 candidates, led by Miss Philippines Maxine Medina, made a courtesy call on the President.
Two candidates from Finland and Switzerland, were not able to make it due to fever.