MANILA, Philippines — Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa and Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere of France have arrived in the country on Wednesday to join the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) promotional tour of the Philippines this week.
In her welcome video courtesy of DOT, Nel-Peters said it is her first time in the Philippines.
“We’re kicking off the holiday season!” she exclaimed.
“Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be in the Philippines and I’m so excited to get to know all of you better and the Philippines better!” Nel-Peters said in another video.
Iris, who was crowned in Manila early this year, said she is so excited to be back.
On Tuesday, Miss Canada 2017 Lauren Howe, Miss Singapore 2017 Manuela Bruntraeger, Miss Great Britain Anna Burdzy and Miss Malaysia Samantha James arrived in the country on separate flights.
“I’m so excited for what’s coming. I’ve always dreamt of coming here. It’s my first time and I heard so much about it, so I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us!” said Miss Malaysia.
Other Miss Universe candidates expected to arrive in the country to join the tour are representatives from Russia, Netherlands, India, Italy, Spain, the United States, South Korea and China. Miss Thailand has also been invited but has not yet confirmed.
Miss Philippines Rachel Peters has also arrived in the country from the pageant in Las Vegas to join the tour.
The beauties are set to visit Manila, Batanes, Vigan, Bohol and Camiguin and will culminate their trip with a charity fashion show featuring designs from war-stricken Mindanao.