Miss U contestants to leave DC immediately after fashion show  

THE EXPECTED 30 Miss Universe candidates who will visit Davao on Jan. 19 will fly out on the same day after their scheduled activities due to security concerns of the organizing committee.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo told reporters on Wednesday that the candidates will be here in the city for a photoshoot, a tour to two sites and a fashion show.

“As soon as they arrive, they will go to the Philippine Eagle Center and then Eden Nature Park,” she said.

To address the concerns of the Miss Universe organizing committee, Teo said they are helping coordinate with the Philippine National Police and a private security group.

“They’re still worried about the security,” she said, mentioning how the Davao visit was supposed to be an overnight stay.

On Jan. 7, the Miss Universe organizers will visit Davao to check the venue and the security of the areas to be visited.

She said they will proceed to the SMX fashion show and leave on same day.

Teo also confirmed that Davao designers will take part in the upcoming Mindanao tapestry fashion in Davao on Jan. 19.

“There will be 10 candidates that they will dress up, they have agreed on that already,” she said.

Designers handpicked by the Miss Universe organizers will be the only ones who will dress up the 10 candidates. (Earlier this month, local designers asked to make the dress for at least half of the Miss Universe candidates who visit Davao.)

Tickets to the Davao show are expected to sell for as much as P10,000 each for front seats. Tickets ranging from P1,000 to P5,000 are also available. The show will feature fabrics weaved from cities of Mindanao.

She did not confirm speculations whether reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach will attend the Davao show.

There will be 88 candidates from all over the world who will visit the Philippines for Miss Universe. Teo said her department is working on bringing 30 to 40 candidates to Davao.

She expects the Miss Universe project to bring more tourists to Davao City but calls on investors to put money in creating hotels and accommodations.

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