Miss Universe Bets in Boracay Island
Miss Universe 2016 pre-pageant extravaganza began with a splash on Saturday with at least 16 delegates getting their feet wet, frolicking in the water and trying their hand on dragon boat-rowing off Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan.
Hundreds of waving local residents gave the Miss Universe entourage a rousing welcome who arrived at the Geodofredo Ramos Airport in Caticlan within an hour’s flight from Manila on Skyjet Airline and 15-minute Southwest speedboat ride to Shangri-la Boracay Resort & Spa.
Malay town officials, along with an Ati-Atihan dance group, led the throng of welcomers the delegates including Miss Argentina, Miss Australia, Miss Belize, Miss Chile, Miss Costa Rica, Miss Ecuador, Miss Guyana, Miss Malta, Miss Mexico, Miss Myanmar, Miss Namibia, Miss Nicaragua, Miss Poland, Miss Turkey, Miss US Virgin Island, Miss Honduras.
“This is unbelievable! All these folks, young and old, turned out to welcome us,” cried Miss Australia Caris Tiivel in delight.
Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun said, “Boracay is even more exciting and meaningful. The people are very friendly and joyful to be with.”
Apart from the dragon boat-rowing and swimwear photo shoot, the delegates also got an insight of the local indigenous Ati culture by trying their hand on weaving and fishnet-making.
“The intricate weaving shows the rich Filipino culture,” said Miss Mexico Kristal Silva.
Private sponsors headed by former-Governor Luis Chavit Singson and Solar Entertainment were joined by Malay town mayor Ciceron Cawaling, and Department of Tourism (DOT) Asst. Sec. Ricky Alegre, who represented DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo.
Also in attendance were Tessa Paz Alviz, Solar Entertainment vice-president for Programming & Marketing and Miss Universe first-runner up Shamcey Supsup, who hosted the event.