JANUARY 22, 2017 by RENCE CHAN
0Batangas province welcomed the reigning Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach last January 19 and selected candidates who were not able the join the Davao Fashion Show. This is part of the ancillary event hosted in the country .
Special Security EscortThey were escorted by the Commandos of the Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG), the elite special warfare unit of the Navy who were deployed to secure the Miss Universe candidates and other participants during their trip to a beach resort in Batangas.
M/Y Happy Life that was docked at the Commodore Divino Pier. Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado led naval personnel in welcoming the Miss Universe candidates and pageant organizers, who were accorded military honors upon their arrival.
Miss Universe candidates enjoyed yacht cruise and buffet meal ( Photo courtesy : Department of Tourism )The candidates who sailed from Manila to Pico de Loro aboard former governor Chavit Singson’s yacht were candidates from Croatia, Belize, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Iceland, Curacao, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Portugal, Panama, Germany, Jamaica, Angola, Bolivia, Georgia, and Romania.
Miss Universe candidates in Batangas port ( Photo courtesy of Department of Tourism )Pico de Loro The candidates went to Pico de Loro’s lush forests and pristine beaches as the backdrops of their pictorial. Pico de Loro Beach Resort and Club is about 90-minute drive away from Manila and has the SM Group as its developer. It is blessed with a view of lush Mt. Palay-Palay and the azure waters of Hamilo Coast.
Lively band greeted the candidates ( Photo courtesy : Department of Tourism , LCS group , Miss Universe )Aside from the shoot, a “sunset dinner” along the shores of the Hamilo coast was also prepared for the beauty queens to enjoy. The candidates were treated to an entertainment of fire dance and song performances from rap duo Yheen and Yuki and the candidates were each introduced to the local sponsors of the pageant .
The candidates feasted on at least 20 entrees including grilled scallops, roasted chicken, beef kabab, and marinated salmon.
AdvocacyHandcrafted neck-pieces, made out of upcycled Coca-Cola pull tabs by the Artisan Women of Tondo, were presented to the candidates during the program.
The group was among the women economic empowerment programs supported by Coca-Cola Philippines under the 5by20 global initiative.
Coca-Cola Philippines vice president for public affairs and communications Adel Tamano said the event was a welcome opportunity for the local artisans to showcase their products.
The girls ended the night with a toast and an invitation from tourism officials to return to the country to enjoy more sights, sounds, and sumptuous meals only the Philippines could offer.