DOT to Miss Universe beauty queens: ‘Bring Home a Friend’ to Philippines

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DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo (right) welcomes Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and Ms. Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere at a media conference, December 7, 2016. Photo courtesy of DOT.

Makati City—Filipino fans of the Miss Universe pageant got to meet the contestants of the prestigious beauty comptition at a luncheon conference hosted by the Department of Tourism at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City today.

Some 20 fans posed for pictures including Sundee Abando, a Miss Universe fan for 21 years said, “this is a dream come true for me, I have watched Miss Universe since 1996 and I did not imagine that I would be able to meet them in person.”

Bring Home a Friend campaign
Meanwhile, DOT Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo took the opportunity to promote the Bring Home A Friend (BHAF) campaign during the event to encourage the beauties to come back to the Philippines and bring a friend with them.

“We encourage our beauty queens to visit again the Philippines for the holiday season and bring over their friends and family with them. Just like Iris, who was crowned here, she came back with the Miss Universe 2017 candidates and her successor Demi-Leigh,” Teo said.

Miss Canada, Lauren Howe said, “It is really an incredible campaign, very creative. I love the message behind it. People should experience the Philippines because of its people and incredible places and I have known that since I was a child because of the Filipino community in Canada.”

DOT’s Bring Home A Friend campaign encourages Filipinos and expatriates to invite their foreign friend to visit the country and win exciting raffle prizes.

“I would definitely recommend my friends to come here. The thing that stood out for me, has been the people. The people are so warm, so welcoming and they just share love and happiness.” shared Nel-Peters.

The Miss Universe delegation toured around Metro Manila yesterday with stops at the Rizal Monument in Luneta Park and Fort Santiago in Intramuros yesterday.

“I will bring all of my friends so they will understand the woman I am today because of my crowning moment here. I want to know more about the Philippines so I will bring them and go to vacation with them,” Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere said.

Tomorrow, the title holders will visit Batanes, Bohol, and Camiguin.On Saturday evening, December 9, the ladies will participate in DOT’s gala fashion event called “Women of Significance” at the Sofitel Tent of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City.