LOOK: 65th Miss Universe schedule of pre-pageant activities

MANILA, Philippines - Several pre-pageant activities all over the Philippines have been lined up for candidates of the 65th Miss Universe pageant set in Manila in January 2017.

 65th Miss Universe schedule of pre-pageant activities
The Department of Tourism (DoT) recently gave a rundown of events Miss Universe hopefuls will be participating beginning January 15. Candidates will begin arriving in the country on January 12.

According to DoT Secretary Wanda Teo, candidates will be split into groups and will visit several destinations in the Philippines for their official activities. Locations to be visited include Albay, Bicol, Baguio, Cebu, Iloilo, among others.

Here’s the schedule of pre-pageant activities released by the DoT. Some of the activities are yet to be finalized.

January 15: Candidates’ photoshoot to be held in Vigan, Ilocos, Sur
January 16: Governor’s ball to be held at SMX Convention Center
January 17: Swimwear competition at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark, Cebu
January 21: Fashion Show at the SMX Convention Center
January 22: Women Empowerment Night to be held at SMX Convention Center
January 23: Candidates’ Courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacañang Palace
January 24: National Costume Competition to be held at World Trade Center
January 30: Coronation Night at the Mall of Asia Arena

Street dwellers “rescued” ahead of Miss Universe pageant

On Tuesday, December 27, social workers and policemen picked up at least 100 homeless people from the vicinity of Manila City Hall and Baywalk along Roxas Boulevard almost one month before the Philippines hosts the 65th Miss Universe pageant.

According to an official from the Manila Social Welfare and Development Office, who refused to be identified, the “rescue” was part of Manila City’s preparation for the event.

On the same day, Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella revealed that President Rodrigo Duterte wants homeless people to be left alone.

In a press briefing, Abella said: “What I heard but this is anecdotal, not policy, is the fact that the President apparently has said 'go leave them there so that the people see exactly where we are.”

--Mini, The Summit Express

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