The 86 candidates of the 65th Miss Universe paid a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacanang Palace on Monday, January 23, 2017.
Duterte reminded the candidates that the beauty pageant is a chance for them to make an impact. “It is a chance for you to make an impact, inspire change, and even be the change that you wish to see in the world,” the President said in his speech.
The President also thanked the Miss Universe organization for giving the Philippines an opportunity to host the event.
He added he’s confident that the Filipino people will give each candidate “many precious memories to hold on.” “It is truly a great honor to be sharing you our most beautiful destinations, including the rich culture and history.”
The 65th Miss Universe coronation will be held on January 30, 2017 Monday 8 a.m. (Manila time).