Although the 65th Miss Universe Pageant will be held in the Philippines on 30 January 2017, the actual event will kick-off on 10 December 2016, at the Conrad Manila Hotel in Pasay City, Coconuts Manila reported.
This was confirmed by the Department of Tourism Secretary, Wanda Teo, who shared that the current Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach, will be arriving in the country along with 11 candidates of the 2016 Miss Universe to commemorate the start of the pageant.
These ladies will also be doing a courtesy call with President Rodrigo Duterte.
Rumour has it, among the candidates who will be joining Wurtzbach for the event include delegates from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Korea, and the United States.
Meanwhile, other candidates will arrive in the country on 13 January 2017 for the official pre-pageant activities.