SIARGAO -- Miss Universe candidates arrived at one of the best surfing spots in the world in a highly anticipated visit Sunday.
Twelve candidates for the upcoming Miss Universe pageant arrived in Siargao at past 9 a.m. for a one-day ancillary activity ahead of the upcoming coronation in January.
Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach was not with the group.
The candidates were welcomed with a traditional dance and a cheering crowd at the airport.
The 12 beauties arrived in Siargao Airport at Barangay Sayak Del Carmen onboard a chartered flight from Manila.
The candidates who joined the trip were: Miss USA Deshauna Barber, Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun, Miss Korea Jenny Kim, Miss China Li Zhenying, Miss Vietnam Ngo Tra My, Miss New zealand Tania Dawson, Miss Philippines Maxine Medina, Miss Japan Sari Nakazawa, Miss Indonesia Kezia Roslin Cikita Warouw, Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane, Miss Australia Caris Tiivel, and Miss Malaysia Kiran Jassal.