Sixteen Miss Universe candidates visited the world-famous island of Boracay in Aklan on Saturday as part of pre-pageant activities.
The Department of Tourism said the candidates were welcomed by town officials along with the Ati-Atihan dance group following their arrival at the Geodofredo Ramos Airport in Caticlan.
The delegates included 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, Miss Honduras.
DOT said the candidates tried weaving, fishnet making, and dragon boat-rowing aside from their swimwear photoshoot.
“Boracay is even more exciting and meaningful. The people are very friendly and joyful to be with,” Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun was quoted as saying.
“The intricate weaving shows the rich Filipino culture,” said Miss Mexico Kristal Silva.
On Sunday, the Miss Universe candidates will visit the city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, known for its well preserved heritage houses. CBB / YG/rga