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MISS U 101: Key Facts Ahead of Miss Universe 2016 in Manila

The 65th edition of Miss Universe Pageant, widely known as Miss Universe 2016 will be held in Manila, Philippines on January 30, 2017. Let’s see some interesting facts, bit of rumors and trivia about the upcoming beauty pageant.

1. The Mall of Asia Arena is the coronation venue of the main pageant which has the capacity to hold around 20,000 people.

2. The Miss Universe 2016 in Manila is brought to you by the DOT, MUO, LCS Group of Companies in partnership with Okada Manila, SM Group of Companies, Solar Ent Corp, broadcast partner.

The group of Chavit Singson secures commitment from Philippine Airlines, SM, Japanese casino mogul Kazuo Okada, and Solar Entertainment, among others.
3. Miss Universe in the Philippines will kick off in Camiguin. There will have an auxiliary event in Davao called Mindanao Tapestry Fashion show.


4. Lapu-Lapu resort will host Miss Universe 2016 swimwear event.
The swimwear presentation of Miss Universe 2016 will be held at the Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark Cebu in Lapu-Lapu City.

Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark Cebu
5. Baguio is confirmed to be hosting one of the pageant's auxilliary events. Chosen beauties will be flown in and out of the city via the Loakan airport and will be toured at the Philippine Military Academy, the Mansion and other key areas in the Summer Capital.

Baguio Country Club General Manager Anthony De Leon announces the Summer Capital was chosen as one of the destinations in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant in 2017. (Redjie Melvic Cawis)

6. Vigan was designated for the photoshoot of the national costume competition. Other destinations are Ilo-ilo and Palawan.

Vigan  (photo by
7. Possible VIP ticket price will range around P20k-P25K. Tickets will be released this month, it can be purchased only at SM Tickets.

8. Pre-pageant activities will be broadcast at TV-5. If plans push through, the three major Philippine television networks will come together to broadcast the historic Miss Universe in Manila.

Solar Entertainment is the official media partner of the pageant.
ETC is one of the main channels that will air exclusive content from the pageant

9. Steve Harvey has a five year contract with the Miss Universe Organization for hosting the Miss Universe pageant so he will host the show in Manila. A Filipina might co-host Steve Harvey in the pageant to neutralize President Duterte's displeasure of having Steve Harvey as main host of the event. Duterte expressed hesitation on Harvey hosting the event due to Harvey's wrong announcement of winner during Miss Universe 2015.

Steve Harvey

10. Candidates are expected to arrive on 13 January 2017. The Philippine Military will serve as security escorts for the candidates of Miss Universe, as assigned by the Philippine national security council.

Pia Wurtzbach during her arrival in Las Vegas for the Miss Universe 2015 competition

11. Manila will become the only Asian city that has held the Miss Universe pageant thrice : 1974, 1994 and 2017.

12. Sierra Leone will send a candidate for the first time in the history of the pageant.

13. The following countries will send a candidate after they haven't sent one for the last competition.

Malta, last competed in 2001
Barbados and Belize, last competed in 2007
Iceland, last competed in 2011
US Virgin Islands, last competed in 2012
Cyprus, last competed in 2013
Namibia and  Romania, last competed in 2014
Egypt,  Ethiopia,  Guam,  Kazakhstan,  Kenya,  Slovenia,  Sri Lanka,   Switzerland, last competed in 2014
After 15 years of hiatus, Malta is making a comeback in Miss Universe through Martha Fenech as representative
14. This edition has the most number of  candidates who are 6 feet or over in pageant history. There are 10 candidates towering at 6 feet and above! The tallest candidates are Miss Dominican Republic Rosalba Garcías and Miss Jamaica Isabel Daley, both are 6'2".

China 6'1
Angola 6'1
Aruba 6'
Bahamas 6'1
Curacao 6'1
Dominican Republic 6'2
Indonesia 6'
Jamaica 6'2
Namibia 6'
Serbia 6'
Ukraine 6'
Miss Universe 2016 tallest candidates are Miss Dominican Republic Rosalba Garcías and Miss Jamaica Isabel Daley, both are 6'2".

15. Bruno Mars is rumored to be in talks to headline the 2017 Miss Universe show.

16. Kristal Silva, Miss Mexico, also participated in Miss Earth 2013 in the Philippines where she entered the Top 8 finalists.

17. According to sources, Miss Universe Organization has invited two of the most loved Miss Universe of the Filipinos- Dayanara Torres and Sushmita Sen to attend the 65th Miss Universe pageant in Manila, Philippines. One of them might join the judging panel.

18. President Duterte may also issue an Executive Order declaring January 30 as a non-working holiday in the country.


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