Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters tours Manila with former candidates

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) — Miss Universe queens are taking the Philippines by storm!

Reigning Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters toured Manila on Monday with former pageant candidates and Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere.

They visited Luneta Park and historic walled city Intramuros with this year's candidates, including Philippines' very own Rachel Peters.

This is Nel-Peters' first official trip after her coronation. She described her first day in the country as a wonderful and special experience.

After their tour, the newly-crowned beauty queen also talked to media about her plans for the future. She said as Miss Universe, she wants to focus on women empowerment.

"Never allow yourself to be a victim, to be a prison of fear because if you're gonna do that you're gonna live your whole life in fear," she said.

Nels-Peters also thanked former Miss Universe winners Iris Mittenaere and Pia Wurtzbach for their advice. She said she wants to get to know Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach more.

"Two amazing women next to me that has really helped with so many tips. Iris and I have spent the whole day together, Pia we still need to get to know each other better but they have been giving me tips and information on how to handle this," she said.

Meanwhile, Mittenaere, who was crowned in Manila said the Philippines is like her "second country"

"It was crazy and it's here that my life changed... I think I just miss this country. It's like my second country because I feel like maybe I was born again here with the crown on my head,"

Mittanaere, who has made no secret of her love for Philippine mangoes also joked about how much she missed the Philippines' signature fruit.

"It's very emotional for me here and to eat mangoes," she said, followed by laughs from the audience.

Filipina queen Pia Wurtzbach, on the other hand, shared what it was like to be on the other side of the stage as judge.

Wurtzbach was one of the judges in the 2017 Miss Universe pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States last November 26.

"It brought back so many memories that was the exact same stage where i competed back in 2015," Wurtzbach said.

"I could not help but feel what the girls were feeling at the moment, I was feeling nervous for them too," she added.

Meanwhile, Miss Universe President Paula Shugart said there are no ongoing talks about holding the pageant again in the Philippines, but she is always open to the idea.

The beauty queens will be in the Philippines for four days. They will visit various tourist sites nationwide, including Batanes, Vigan, Bohol, and Camiguin.

CNN Phiiippines' Triciah Terada contributed to this