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Miss Universe 2016 candidates visit Intramuros and Rizal Park in Manila

Miss Universe 2016 Candidates visit Manila Tourist Spots

Eleven beautiful candidates for the upcoming Miss Universe 2016 beauty pageant on Monday visited two major tourist spots in Manila as part of their Miss Universe promotional trip to the Philippines.

Miss Universe 2016 delegates visited the lights and sounds Museum in Intramuros
Miss Universe 2016 delegates visited the lights and sounds Museum in Intramuros

Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo, Assistant Secretary Katherine de Castro, and Intramuros Administration (IA) Officer-in-Charge Mercy De Sahagun welcomed the ladies during their trip around the historic Walled City.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo with the candidates of the 65th Miss Universe at the Lights and Sounds Museum in Intramuros, Manila.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo with the candidates of the 65th Miss Universe at the Lights and Sounds Museum in Intramuros, Manila.

“The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes the first batch of Ms. Universe 2016 candidates. And this is just a preview of what is to come for the world to see. As we showcase the beauty of our beloved country, the Philippines, it is also important for us make sure to accord them with Filipino hospitality,” said Teo.

L-R: Miss Korea, Jenny Kim; Miss Philippines, Maxine Medina; and Miss Malaysia, Kiranmeet Kaur Baljeet Singh trying Filipino food at the Pasko sa Intramuros bazaar.
L-R: Miss Korea, Jenny Kim; Miss Philippines, Maxine Medina; and Miss Malaysia, Kiranmeet Kaur Baljeet Singh trying Filipino food at the Pasko sa Intramuros bazaar.

The candidates first went to the Lights and Sound Museum in Intramuros, where they were briefed on Philippine history.

The beauty queens also tried Filipino delicacies such as bibingka and puto bungbong at the Pasko sa Intramuros Bazaar along Postigo Street.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo (center) and National Parks Development Committee Executive Director Penelope Belmonte (left) lead the candidates of the 65th Miss Universe during the wreath-laying ceremony this afternoon at the Rizal Park in Manila.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo (center) and National Parks Development Committee Executive Director Penelope Belmonte (left) lead the candidates of the 65th Miss Universe during the wreath-laying ceremony this afternoon at the Rizal Park in Manila.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo with Miss New Zealand Tania Pauline Dawson on board a kalesa at the Intramuros early this afternoon.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo with Miss New Zealand Tania Pauline Dawson on board a kalesa at the Intramuros early this afternoon.

Their trip to Intramuros also gave them the opportunity to ride the ubiquitous horse-drawn carriage or kalesa, and witnessed some regional performances.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo (center) and National Parks Development Committee Executive Director Penelope Belmonte (right) lead the candidates of the 65th Miss Universe during the wreath-laying ceremony this afternoon at the Rizal Park in Manila.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo (center) and National Parks Development Committee Executive Director Penelope Belmonte (right) lead the candidates of the 65th Miss Universe during the wreath-laying ceremony this afternoon at the Rizal Park in Manila.

The candidates wrapped up their tour by paying respect to the country’s national hero, Jose Rizal where they joined Secrary Teo on a wreath laying ceremony.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo (extreme right) looks on as candidates of the 65th Miss Universe try some Filipino delicacies at the Pasko sa Intramuros bazaar this afternoon.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo (extreme right) looks on as candidates of the 65th Miss Universe try some Filipino delicacies at the Pasko sa Intramuros bazaar this afternoon.

Joining the group were representatives from Korea, Japan, Philippines, USA, New Zealand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, China, and Vietnam.

The candidates of the 65th Miss Universe taking 'selfie' at the Rizal Park early this noon.
The candidates of the 65th Miss Universe taking ‘selfie’ at the Rizal Park early this noon.

The much anticipated Ms. Universe beauty pageant will be held in Manila on January 30, 2017.

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