#65thMissUniverse candidates visit Boracay

Boracay, Philippines - January 14:  (L-R) Miss Universe Argentina, Estefania Bernal, Miss Universe Mexico, Kristal Silva, Miss Universe Costa Rica, Carolina Duran visit Boracay in the Philippines on 14, January 2017. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines.  Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe.  (Photo by Benjamin Askinas/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection)

The first pre-pageant activity of the 65th Miss Universe competition kicked off in Boracay Island on Saturday, January 14.

At least 16 candidates were chosen to go to the island: Miss Argentina, Miss Australia, Miss Belize, Miss Chile, Miss Costa Rica, Miss Ecuador, Miss Guyana, Miss Malta, Miss Mexico, Miss Myanmar, Miss Namibia, Miss Nicaragua, Miss Poland, Miss Turkey, Miss US Virgin Island, and Miss Honduras.

They were warmly welcomed by locals at the Geodofredo Ramos Airport in Caticlan within an hour’s flight from Manila and 15-minute boat ride to Shangri-la Boracay Resort and Spa.

Apart from a swimwear photo shoot, the delegates tried dragon boat-rowing, weaving and fishnet-making in the style of local indigenous Ati culture.

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