When the best from all creation come together, it is the most beautiful day in the universe.
About 80 of the finest and most gorgeous women from across the globe will gather in Bahamas to compete for the world's most coveted beauty title of Miss Universe, including Philippines' bet Pamela Bianca Manalo.
Before winning the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe title, the 23-year-old model-flight stewardess used to be one of the hosts of Studio 23's variety show Rush TV Atin 'To. Bianca belongs to a family of beauty queens. Her sister, Katherine Ann Manalo, was a semi-finalist in the Miss World 2002 and her aunt Nenita Ramos, was a semi-finalist in the Miss International 1968.
Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza, who hails from Venezuela, has traveled across the globe as an advocate for HIV/AIDS education, research and legislation. She will crown her successor in August during the pageant to be hosted by Access Hollywood co-anchor Billy Bush and Celebrity Apprentice star Claudia.
This marks the third consecutive year that ABS-CBN was chosen by the Miss Universe organization to be its exclusive media partner here in the Philippines. ABS-CBN also aired the 1994 Miss Universe pageant held in Manila, where Miss India Shusmita Sen took home the crown.
Who will be crowned the next Miss Universe?
Watch it happen in the Miss Universe 2009 pageant live on ABS-CBN on August 24 (Monday) at 9:30 AM with a primetime telecast the same day via Velvet (SkyCable channel 53) at 8:00 PM; on August 25 (Tuesday), 8 PM on Studio 23; and on August 27 (Thursday), 10 PM on ABS-CBN. Catch the replays on Velvet on Wednesday (August 26) at 8:30pm and on Saturday (August 30) at 10 pm.