File photo: (standing) Some of the Miss Universe 2016 candidates.
(sitting, from L-R) Gov. Chavit Singson, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart.
According to Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, most tickets have been reserved for the visitors of the Miss Universe Organization. “Floor areas are almost full (…) but the General Admission is still open,” said Teo.
As of Monday (December 12), only 200 VIP tickets are left for the Miss Universe pageant that will be held next year in the Philippines.
For those who are interested, the tickets are available starting December 20. Prices range from P8,000 to P50,000.
Meanwhile, 12 of the Miss Universe candidates visited Siargo Island in Surigao del Norte last Sunday.
All were first timers in the Philippines and were amazed by the beauty of the island.
“The island was really beautiful. I’ve only been to Bali (Indonesia), now in the Philippines, enjoying myself. I cannot wait for the pageant in January.” said Ms. Korea, Jenny Kim
“It is probably one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to,” said Miss USA Deshauna Barber.
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2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach said, she wants the candidates to witness the beauty of the places in the Philippines.
“It’s great that the girls have had their first trip here in the Philippines. You girls are very lucky this is just a taste of what’s more to come,” Wurtzbach said.
The Miss Universe candidates will be arriving in Cebu on Tuesday to visit some of the province’s tourist destinations one of which is Oslob where they could enjoy whale-watching.
Authorities assured that the measures to secure the safety of the candidates are already in place.
“We are confident that the event will be very, very peaceful. All systems go,” Cebu Provincial Police Office Provincial Director SSupt. Eric Noble said.
The swimwear presentation of the candidates will be held in Cebu on January 17 next year.
Meanwhile, the Miss Universe Organization has yet to choose the partner of Steve Harvey in hosting the prestigious pageant.
“He is one of the most popular people in the U.S. He is so excited to come to the Philippines,” said Miss Universe Organization president, Paula Shugart.
“We spoke with his office last week and he is really preparing and studying all about the Philippines,” she added. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue