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Here's Why These 3 Miss Universe Queens are All in Manila

Here's what they'll be doing during their stay.
Here's Why These 3 Miss Universe Queens are All in Manila
IMAGE Isha Valles
Here's what they'll be doing during their stay.

Stars have aligned bringing three Miss Universe Queens—Iris MittenaereDemi-leigh Nel-Peters, and Pia Wurtzbach—together for a visit in the country!

IMAGE Isha Valles

IMAGE Isha Valles

In a press conference at the Dusit Thani hotel today, we found out that the girls participating at the week-long Miss Universe Holiday Tour that includes walking the runway at a charity gala, and maybe a side trip to discover the islands (Rachel Peters shared that she gave the girls tips on places to visit, including her cafe in Siargao).

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Demi says, "I was so excited to meet everybody in the Philippines and [for] it to be my first official trip [as Miss Universe] is so special and it will be a trip that I will forever cherish for the rest of my life." Meanwhile Iris shares that the Philippines holds a special place in her heart because she was crowned here by Pia. She's also looking forward to the trip as she missed our local mangoes the most!

The Miss Universe Queens will headline a fashion show entitled Miss Universe and Frontrow Give Back: A Charity Fashion Gala where they will be walking the runway wearing designs by local talents, namely Rajo LaurelAlbert AndradaFrancis LibiranRandy OrtizJot LosaMark TumangJC BuendiaNoel CrisostomoMichael LeyvaPatty AngMark BumgarnerEdwin Uy, and many more.. The said gala will be for the benefit of Hope for Change Foundation, an organization dedicated "to eradicating the effects of hunger, illiteracy, and disease ravishing impoverished communities throughout East Africa, the Philippines and Indo-Asia."

In an interview with Preview, Frontrow's RS Fransisco shares, "Frontrow has been doing charity ever since, but quietly. And it's the first time that Frontrow decided to amplify it by collaborating with [the] Miss Universe Organization. I think it's proving to be a good decision because it's given us a universal voice where everybody started listening already."

He adds, "Miss Universe is an inspiring organization. They inspire and empower women and in the same case with Frontrow, [we] also seek to inspire, change other people's lives, and give good livelihood to people. So we also inspire people to be the best versions of themselves. We share the same slogan and advocacy."

Joining Demi, Iris, and Pia are other Miss Universe 2017 contestants including Philippine bet Rachel Peters, Miss Universe Canada Lauren Howe, Miss Netherlands Nicky Opheij, Miss China Roxette Qui, Miss Italy Maria Miriam Polverino, Miss USA Kara McCullough, Miss Malaysia Samantha Katie James, Miss Russia Alexandrova Kseniya, Miss Great Britain Anna BurdzyMiss Spain Sofia del Prado, and Miss India Shraddha Shashidhar.

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Miss Korea Cho Se Whee, Miss Croatia Shanaelle Petty, Miss Ghana Ruth Quashie, Miss Brazil Monalyssa Alcantara, Miss Ireland Cailin Toibin, Miss Sri Lanka Christina Peiris, and Miss Venezuela 2016 Keysi Sayago will also participate in the tour.

The ladies kicked off their visit at a wreath laying ceremony in Luneta, honoring national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

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