Miss Universe beauties start arriving in PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Forty-five of the world's most beautiful women are arriving in the Philippines on Thursday for the 65th Miss Universe pageant.

The first two candidates to arrive in the country early Tuesday were Miss Costa Rica Carolina Rodriguez Duran and Miss Nicaragua Marina Jacoby.

The two candidates expressed their excitement for the competition.

"I'm so excited that I'm finally here [after] one year of preparation and I'm here in the Philippines. I've never been to Asia before so I'm excited and I want everything to start!" Jacoby said.

Miss Costa Rica also said she is excited to try the Filipinos' well-loved dish, the adobo.

"I really want to get to know the people. And, of course, I'm a food lover as well, so I want try some dishes one of my favorites that I want to try is adobo," she said.

Miss Mexico Kristal Silva, Miss Canada Siera Bearchell, Miss USA Deshauna Barber, Miss Vietnam Dang Thi Le Hang, and Miss British Virgin Islands Erika Creque have also arrived in the Philippines.

 

Thirty more candidates are expected to arrive on Friday.

The auxiliary events are set to start on January 14 on Boracay. The Iloilo and Albay trips have been canceled, while the national costume show on January 24 will no longer be open to the public.

The contestants are set to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte on January 23.

The Tourism Department said they trimmed down the initially-jampacked schedule due to concerns over the candidates' health.

The Miss Universe grand coronation will happen on January 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena.