- Title: Miss Universe preliminary competition kicks off in Manila
- Date: 26th January 2017
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (JANUARY 26, 2017) (REUTERS) PRELIMINARY PAGEANT ONGOING MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATES BEING INTRODUCED ON STAGE CROWD WATCHING MISS U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND MISS BULGARIA POSING ONSTAGE MISS CANADA AND ANOTHER MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATE POSING ONSTAGE MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATES WALKING ONSTAGE WHILE WEARING SWIMSUITS MISS AUSTRALIA POSING WITH SWIMSUIT CROWD WATCHING MISS BELIZE POSING WITH SWIMSUIT MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATES WALKING IN LINE AND POSING WITH SWIMSUITS MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATES WITH SWIMSUITS ONSTAGE VARIOUS OF CROWD WATCHING MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATES POSING WITH EVENING GOWNS MISS VENEZUELA POSING WITH EVENING GOWN MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATES POSING WITH EVENING GOWNS MISS PERU POSING WITH EVENING GOWN MISS PHILIPPINES POSING WITH EVENING GOWN MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATES PARADING ONSTAGE WITH EVENING GOWNS MISS URUGUAY AND MISS U.S. POSING EVENING GOWN COMPETITION ONGOING VARIOUS AUDIENCE EXITING VENUE (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) EMPLOYEE, APPLE NATIVIDAD, SAYING: "The whole world is being united, and even though we don't know each other, we still enjoy the event." MISS UNIVERSE IMPERSONATORS POSING OUTSIDE VENUE (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) EMPLOYEE, RANIA ZIATEH, SAYING: "This is a venue for beauty, but also the beauty of the heart, especially for us Filipinos who are fanatics for pageants." MISS UNIVERSE POSING DURING COSTUME SHOW MISS GERMANY POSING WITH COSTUME VARIOUS OF MISS PERU POSING WITH COSTUME VARIOUS OF MISS MYANMAR POSING WITH COSTUME
- Embargoed: 9th February 2017 17:49
- Keywords: Miss Universe candidates preliminary competition Pia Wurtzbach pageant
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Fashion
- Reuters ID: LVA00160PVR6H
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:EDITORS NOTE: VIDEO QUALITY AS INCOMING
Miss Universe candidates kicked off the preliminary show in Manila on Thursday (January 26).
Over 86 candidates are in the Philippine capital to participate in the beauty contest, which will culminate in a coronation night on January 30.
Crowds packed the Mall Of Asia Arena as each candidate showcased their swimsuits, evening gowns and national costumes in front of the judges.
The preliminary competition will be used to determine the Top 12 for the pageant night, the Miss Universe website said.
Spectators were entertained by the show.
"The whole world is being united, and even though we don't know each other, we still enjoy the event," said Apple Natividad, who went to the preliminaries with her friends.
Some even dressed like Miss Universe candidates to join the fanfare.
"This is a venue for beauty, but also the beauty of the heart, especially for us Filipinos who are fanatics for pageants," said Rania Ziateh who wore a Miss Philippines sash.
Over half a million people are expected to tune in to watch the coronation night next week, organisers said.
Filipina beauty queen Pia Wurtzbach currently holds the Miss Universe crown from 2015.
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