Some of the 65th Miss Universe contestants upon arrival in Davao
Nigeria, India, Slovak Rep and Indonesia
Another group went to Davao today as they boarded a privately-chartered flight that brought the ladies to the south. From the airport (where they were warmly welcomed), the beautiful guests were given a tour of Eden Nature Park and Resort up until lunchtime. They were then off to Park Inn to freshen up and attend rehearsals for the night’s event.
The fashion show featured local designers where our very own Maxine Medina wore a creation by the Czar of Davao Fashion Boy Guino-o. Special Sponsor Awards were also handed out by Phoenix Petroleum as the fuel company selected Miss Venezuela Mariam Habach as Miss Phoenix Petroleum, Miss Philippines Maxine Medina as Hiyas ng Petroleum and Miss Indonesia Kezia Warouw as Phoenix Best Smile.
All in all, it was a very tiring day for the girls. And it won’t stop just yet. Friday will mean more activities.
Good night, dear readers!
During the tour of Eden Nature Park in Davao
Shots during the fashion show at SMX Davao in SM Lanang
Gov Luis Chavit Singson with some of the contestants
Inside the MY Happy Life
Today, fifteen (15) of the 65th Miss Universe contestants were assembled for the trip to Batangas aboard the MY Happy Life which brought them to Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club where they were given the royal treatment from the time they were welcomed by Gov Luis Chavit Singson and stepped inside the luxury yacht up to the time that they arrived in the exclusive resort venue for a private reception. Food and entertainment overflowed as the ladies mingled with all the guests who attended.
Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach went with the group which included Sal Garcia of the Dominican Republic, Johanna Acs of Germany, Carolina Rodriguez of Costa Rica, Cherell Williamson of the Bahamas, Rebecca Rath of Belize, Nuka Karalashvili of Georgia, Barbara Filipovic of Croatia, Luisa Baptista of Angola, Hildur Maria Leifsdottir of Iceland, Jayathi de Silva of Sri Lanka, Chanelle de Lau of Curaçao, Flavia Brito of Portugal, Keity Drennan of Panama, Teodora Dan of Romania and Antonella Moscatelli of Bolivia.
They will also return to Manila tonight because the schedule tomorrow is full with a hospital visit for Smile Train, Lunch Reception for Solar Entertainment, a courtesy call at Philippine Airlines and an AIDS Fund Event for MAC Cosmetics.
Enjoying the trip to Batangas aboard MY Happy Life
Queen P with Gov Chavit
Photos from the Pico de Loro event courtesy of @livesmart
There will only be a Top 12 this year
Construction of the stage inside MOA Arena
Outside the Provincial Tour and Pre-Pageant activities of the 65th Miss Universe (the candidates are split between Davao and Nasugbu, Batangas today
), here are other updates you might want to know.
Instead of a Top 15, only a Top 12 will be called to the first cut during the finals on January 30. This will make the competition for one of the spots more intense, I must say. So the popularity votes through Vodi (which will start on January 23) is very crucial. Talk about getting just eleven (11) ladies with the highest composite scores plus one (1) who will sneak through using the back door.
In other news, construction of the stage inside the Mall of Asia Arena is in full swing. The workers have only a week to finish the set for the January 26 Preliminaries and the January 30 Finals. Keep in mind that work cannot be done between the 27th and 29th because of nonstop rehearsals happening at the venue. Are you excited, ticket holders? And oh, by the way, there is still no advice as to the sale of tickets for Preliminary Competition (which will also include the National Costume Parade). My inbox is flooded with questions and my answer is dependent on what the organizers will give me. Stay tuned for this.
Lastly, international singing superstar Flo Rida will be the guest performer for the finals. I know that you are expecting someone like Bruno Mars to do the singing, but it is what it is. Flo Rida it will be.
Gotta go now, my head is on a tailspin. Every single day. But I’m loving every minute of it. 🙂
Flo Rida will perform on the finals
This is going to be a beautiful tribute like no other…Trust me.
Mercator Artist and Model Management, Inc., Aces & Queens and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila present
QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE
A Festival of Flavors and a Tribute to Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
It will happen this coming Sunday, January 22 starting 5:30PM at the Harbor Tent of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.
For ticket inquiries, please get in touch with Angelo Camaya at 0917-8433947
The 56 contestants who took part in the charity event
Maxine in action
The Rise Against Hunger
Charity Event of the 65th Miss Universe – held at the Taft Ballroom of Conrad Manila – was a huge success with 56 of the 86 candidates completing the filling and measuring of one hundred (100) boxes of food packs to be given to the recipient-beneficiaries (pregnant and underprivileged women) of the organization along with Pass It Forward Foundation.
Never mind that they stood for hours measuring rice, yeast and all – the 56 contestants who participated had a lot of fun doing the task. After all, if you want to be Miss Universe, being #ConfidentlyBeautifulWithAHeart is a must!
Excellent job, ladies! 👍🏽
Below are photos taken by Joy Arguil for normannorman.com
Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica rise against hunger
The ladies busy packing the food items
More measuring and filling and packing- the ladies were up to the challenge
A gong was sounded everytime 20 boxes were completed and sealed
Paraguay and Honduras digging in
Myanmar sealing a food pack
Venezuela measuring yeast to be sealed afterwards
The ladies were even serenaded by singer Gerald Santos before the packing process started
My photos with some of the 65th Miss Universe contestants
Before my blog/timeline/gallery start to get flooded by the two simultaneous 65th Miss Universe events for today, let me share normannorman.com’s #FavoredFifteen as of January 18, 2017.
These ladies are my running favorites for Miss Universe. I arranged them alphabetically (by country) first so as to give me that extra leeway to analyze them further:
Argentina 🇦🇷 Estefania Bernal
Australia 🇦🇺 Caris Tiivel
Belgium 🇧🇪 Stephanie Geldhof
Brazil 🇧🇷 Raissa Santana
Colombia 🇨🇴 Andrea Tovar
Costa Rica 🇨🇷 Carolina Rodriguez
Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 Sal Garcia
France 🇫🇷 Iris Mittenaere
Indonesia 🇮🇩 Kezia Warouw
Netherlands 🇳🇱 Zoey Ivory
Philippines 🇵🇭 Maxine Medina
Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 Brenda Azaria
Sierra Leone 🇸🇱 Hawa Kamara
Thailand 🇹🇭 Chalita Suansane
Venezuela 🇻🇪 Mariam Habach
For sure, the list will still change. Once my confidence goes into full gear, I shall arrange them in the order that I want them to stack up in the rankings.
18 of the 65th Miss Universe contestants during the Swimsuit Presentation
Bolivia, Belize, Belgium and Barbados
At first, it raised the eyebrows of many watchers – both pageant followers and instant MU-converts
– to actually see all the 65th Miss Universe contestants wearing one-piece numbers during the Swimsuit Presentation held at JPark Island Resort in Cebu. Gone were the days when only the more religion-restricted delegates would opt for the same instead of the more usual two-piece swimwears that are favored by many to emphasize the curves they have worked hard for before reaching the point of competition. But hey, if it’s something to somehow minimize the protests of women’s groups like Gabriela, then so be it. Actually, I liked some of the pieces except for the selections with tacky phrases emblazoned on the breast area or big bold numbers that make them look like members of an athletic swimming team.
Here now are videos of the event. You must have already seen them elsewhere, but for the purpose of discussion, I am posting them again.
Then tell me who really nailed their respective turns onstage. Keep in mind that there are no scores given here. The January 26 Preliminaries at MOA Arena will be the time and place for that.
Videos courtesy of seng12900_BeautyPageants