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U and I, and Miss U.

THE first Miss Universe pageant that was held in the Philippines took place in 1974. The first ever Miss Universe, Armi Kuusela of Finland, fell in love with and married a Filipino, Virgilio Hilario. The first Miss Universe from the Philippines, Gloria Diaz, won her crown on the day American astronauts made history in outer space.

As of this writing, delegates from all over the world are gathered in Manila for the Miss Earth coronation night on Oct. 29 to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. It will be telecast worldwide and on rappler.com. via live streaming and shown on ABS-CBN Oct. 30, Sunday, starting at 10 a.m.

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