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65th Miss U kicks off


MISS UNIVERSE FEVER – Yes, the Miss Universe Fever is starting to be felt.

Highspeed beauty expert Jay P. Delgado kicks it off, in a manner of speaking, with this report.

The 65th Miss Universe Pageant, scheduled for Jan. 30, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena, kicked off with a grand event at the S Maison Mall in Conrad Hotel, Pasay City last Dec. 10.

Organized by Solar Entertainment Corporation and LCS Group, the event was highlighted by the ceremonial walk and speech of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach who urged every Filipino to unite for the Miss Universe staging in the Philippines to become successful and unforgettable.

TOUR – Eleven of the 83 delegates were also flown in from their home countries including: Miss USA Deshauna Barber, Miss China Li Shenying, Miss Japan Sari Nakazawa, Miss Australia Caris Emily Tiivel, Miss New Zealand Tania Pauline Dawson, Miss Korea Jenny Kim, Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane, Miss Malaysia Kiran Jassal, Miss Vietnam Dang Thi Le Hang, Miss Indonesia Kezia Roslin Warouw, and Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun.

The ladies joined Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina who, as host delegate, led them to a week-long pageant-related activities including a tour of Intramuros and Rizal Park in Manila, Siargao in Surigao del Norte, and Oslob in Cebu.

PARTNERS – Hosted by 2011 Miss Universe 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup-Lee and GMA artist Benjamin Alves, the event at Conrad Hotel was also attended by members of the pageant’s organizing committee led by LCS Group of former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson, alongside partners Okada Manila, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Philippine Airlines and Pay It Forward, as well as government representatives from the Department of Tourism. Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart also graced the affair.

The Philippines is hosting the prestigious global beauty pageant for the third time after it was held at the Folk Arts Theater in 1974 and at the Philippine International Convention Center in 1994.

Pia will pass on her crown to her successor who will still be officially known as “Miss Universe 2016.”