MANILA – Candidates for the upcoming Miss Universe pageant are starting to arrive in the Philippines.
The first one to land in the country is Carolyn Carter, who is representing the US Virgin Islands in the international beauty competition.
The 26-year-old beauty queen arrived on Saturday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and she is extremely elated to be back in the Philippines again.
“MABUHAY PILIPINAS! I'm SO happy to be reunited with the Philippines for the third time, it feels like I'm coming home. And may I say, I am quite thankful ALL of my luggage has arrived,” she wrote in the caption of her Instagram post upon her arrival.
In another post, Carter said she also appreciates how Filipinos “know how to make a girl feel loved and welcomed.”
According to her profile in the official Miss Universe page, Carter is an “active spokesperson for HIV/AIDs awareness in the Caribbean, with her experience taking her all the way to Uganda.”
She is also a fashion blogger and painter.
The Miss Universe coronation night will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena on January 30.