Not only did the Miss Universe candidates visit the must-see destinations of the country but the women also met with one of the most popular icon of Philippines: Jollibee.
“I’m proud to introduce to you to another national pride of the Philippines, which is our country’s number one quick-service restaurant. Every Filipino grew up with Jollibee including me,” Philippines’ bet to Miss Universe Maxine Medina shared in an event on Monday, January 23, at Jollibee Blue Bay Branch in Pasay City that graced some of the beauty pageant’s candidates.
“There is a notion that you are not a true blue Filipino if you haven’t eaten at Jollibee,” Medina added while sharing some of her favorite memories of eating a Jollibee meal.
More than 20 candidates of the pageant discovered why the largest food chain in the country is a well loved brand by every Filipino, especially among children. The ladies shared a meal with some girls from Concordia Children’s Services of Sta. Mesa Manila.
The girls, who have mostly suffered from abandonment and neglect, got the chance to interact with the Miss Universe candidates.
Together, they had a meal consisting of Jollibee’s bestsellers like fried chicken (Chickenjoy), sweet-style spaghetti (Jolly Spaghetti), hotdog sandwich (Jolly Hotdog), and Peach Mango Pie.
With dance numbers along with popular pop tunes, the famed Jollibee mascot gave delight to the young girls aged five to nine as well as to the candidates who gamely went to the dance floor.
More than the enjoyment brought by the dancing and conversations over shared meals, the event aims to bring smiles and positive change to the lives of the children–a goal aligned with the Miss Universe Organization’s advocacies.
A statement by Jollibee noted, “The fast food chain believe that meeting the Miss Universe candidates will be instrumental in the personal development of the Concordia Girls who need positive role models to inspire them to become truly confidently beautiful inside and out.”
On the other hand, Medina shared in a speech, “We hope that all of us girls here today would be able to inspire them; make them feel that despite circumstances, they are very blessed that they have people taking care of them, and that they can still achieve whatever they want to accomplish in life.”
Miss Australia Caris Tiivel; Miss Barbados Shannon Harris; Miss Brazil Raissa Santana; Miss British Virgin Islands Erika Creque; Miss Canada Siera Bearchell; Miss China Li Zhenying; Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar; Miss Dominican Republic Sal Garcia; Miss France Iris Mittenaere; Miss Indonesia Kezia Warouw; Miss Malaysia Kiran Jassal; Miss New Zealand Tania Dawson; Miss Nicaragua Marina Jacoby; Miss PeruValeria Piazza; Miss Philippines Maxine Medina; Miss Sierra Leone Hawa Kamara; Miss Spain Noelia Freire; Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane; Miss Uruguay Magdalena Cohendent; Miss USA Deshauna Barber; Miss Venezuela Mariam Habach; and Miss Vietnam Le Hang participated at the event.