- Title: Miss Universe candidates pay Philippines' Duterte a visit
- Date: 23rd January 2017
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (JANUARY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATE WALKING ALONG PALACE HALLWAY MISS BOLIVIA WAVING WHILE WALKING MISS GERMANY WAVING MISS JAPAN BLOWING A KISS AND WAVING MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATES QUEUING IN FRONT OF PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE VARIOUS OF DUTERTE SHAKING HANDS WITH CANDIDATES OFFICIALS TAKING PHOTOS DUTERTE SPEAKING BEHIND PODIUM VARIOUS OF MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATES LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (English) PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT, RODRIGO DUTERTE, SAYING: "More than presenting beauty and brains, the Miss Universe competition, or any beauty contestant for that matter, is an opportunity for you to represent your country, to promote your advocacy and to advance women empowerment to a greater audience." VARIOUS OF MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATES HAVING PHOTO TAKEN WITH DUTERTE VARIOUS OF MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATES POSING MANILA, PHILIPPINES (JANUARY 18, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATES PARTICIPATING IN CHARITY EVENT GRAIN BEING POURED INTO FUNNEL MISS COSTA RICA SCOOPING GRAIN TO POUR INTO FUNNEL GRAIN BEING SCOOPED MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATES WORKING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) MISS CHINA, LI ZHENYING, SAYING: "I feel very honoured because by participating in this activity, I know we can help our hungry friends - they have no means to fill their stomachs." GRAIN BEING SEALED INSIDE BAG MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATES PACKING GRAIN
- Embargoed: 6th February 2017 10:36
- Keywords: Rodrigo Duterte Miss Universe courtesy call advocacy charity
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Celebrities,Arts/Culture/Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA00160AWIMD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Miss Universe candidates paid a courtesy call to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Palace on Monday (January 23) ahead of their upcoming competition in Manila.
Over 86 candidates are in the capital to participate in the beauty contest, which will culminate in a coronation night on January 30.
Duterte thanked the candidates for their visit to the Philippines.
"More than presenting beauty and brains, the Miss Universe competition, or any beauty contestant for that matter, is an opportunity for you to represent your country, to promote your advocacy and to advance women empowerment to a greater audience," he said.
Last week, about 30 of the candidates took part in a charity event and packed meals for underprivileged women.
"I feel very honoured because by participating in this activity, I know we can help our hungry friends - they have no means to fill their stomachs," said Miss China's Li Zhenyang.
Apart from scheduled photoshoots and fashion shows, the candidates are travelling around the Philippines and attending similar charity-related activities during their visit.
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