MANILA – The candidates of the upcoming 65th Miss Universe pageant paid a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacanang Palace on Monday.
The 84 ladies, including Philippine bet Maxine Medina, were accompanied by Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, Miss Universe Organization’s Paula Shugart and LCS Group of Companies’ Chavit Singson.
Miss Universe Finland and Miss Universe Switzerland were not present at the event as they are feeling under the weather.
Speaking before the contestants, Duterte confessed that he has never been in a room full of beautiful women. “This is a rare privilege, an honor and I hope this day will never end,” he said, eliciting laughs.
The short program ended after all the candidates had their group photos taken with the President.
Watch the 65th Miss Universe coronation live on ABS-CBN Channel 2 on January 30, 2017 Monday 8 a.m. (Manila time)