Two of the ‘most beautiful women in the universe’ have arrived in Manila early Friday morning ahead of the welcome party for the 65thMiss Universe candidates to be held at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City on Saturday evening.
Half-Filipina Tania Pauline Dawson of New Zealand was the first to arrive at 3:20 a.m. on board PR 219, while Deshauna Barber of the United States came in at around 4:45 a.m. on board PR 103.
When asked what she would say when she meets President Rodrigo Duterte, Dawson replied, “I think he really sees the value of what Miss Universe means to the people. The Filipino people would love the Miss Universe, and for him to allow it to be held in the country really shows the support for the people. And that’s great to see.”
A first-time visitor to the Philippines, Miss USA is looking forward to meet President Duterte, so she could personally thank him. “I just want to thank him for welcoming us to the Philippines, and how much we appreciate him in allowing the Miss Universe to be held here.”
Barber is no stranger to anything and everything Filipino, as she and reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach are roommates.
“Pia has told me a lot about what to expect, so I am hoping you guys can still surprise me. This country has been so wonderful to me since my being crowned. And the support that I received from the Philippines has been wonderful, so I am incredibly excited to be here and I look forward to all the festivities,” the five-feet, 10-inch beauty titlist shared.
“Steve Harvey will be hosting again. And I had a chance to speak with him when I went on his show. He’s gonna do amazing this time, he promised me,” Miss USA was quoted as saying when asked what her expectations in the 65th Miss Universe next year.
According to Undersecretary de Castro, the ladies will have a very busy schedule while in the country starting with a press conference in Malacañang later in the afternoon and scheduled photo shoots in different parts of the Philippines including Siargao and Cebu.
Miss New Zealand and Miss USA will be later joined by reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, who arrived in the country yesterday.
“The girls will be here for a week and as we have announced we will soon be traveling to the different islands of the country so these girls can get a glimpse, a ‘patikim’ of how awesome our country is,” De Castro was quoted as saying.
A date is yet to be announced but President Duterte has already agreed to receive the first batch of candidates in Malacañang early next week.