Miss Universe 2016 candidates have started arriving in Manila for the 65th edition of the prestigious pageant.
The grand coronation night will happen on January 30 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
EARLY BIRDS. Miss US Virgin Islands Carolyn Carter was the first Miss Universe candidate to arrive.
The 26-year-old beauty queen landed in the country on Saturday evening, January 7.
Carolyn received a warm welcome from Filipinos at the airport.
On Instagram, she remarked: "Just stepped off the plane, but first, let me take a selfie. Philippines, you sure know how to make a girl feel loved and welcomed!!! MAHAL KO KAYO!!!"
Miss Guyana Soyini Fraser was the second candidate to arrive. Her plane landed on Sunday night, January 8.
Miss Brazil Raissa Santana and Miss Sierra Leone Hawa Kamara arrived on Monday night, January 9.
On Instagram, Raissa wrote, "Hello, Manila! Such a warm welcome from this nice and sweet people."
For her part, Hawa posted, "The Filipinos are so warm. They gave me the best welcome. Thank you all."
On Tuesday, Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane arrived in a Barong-inspired outfit and with her 17-piece luggage.
Miss Albania Lindita Idrizi arrived on Wednesday night, January 11.
In an interview with the press, the 20-year-old beauty queen expressed her excitement about exploring the country.
Miss Kenya Mary Esther Were and Miss Tanzania Jihan Dimachk arrived together late Monday.
Miss New Zealand Tania Dawson had the chance to visit her family in Pangasinan.
Tania participated in the Miss Universe kick-off events last December.
DAY 1 ARRIVALS. Around 40 candidates arrived on Thursday, January 12, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.
Miss USA Deshauna Barber, Miss Canada Siera Bearchell, and Miss British Virgin Islands Erika Creque were welcomed by the Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary Kat de Castro.
Miss Singapore Cheryl Chou, Miss Malaysia Kriran Jassal, Miss Mauritius Kushboo Ramnawaj, and Miss Finland Shirly Karvinen all took selfies upon their arrival at NAIA.
Miss Mexico Krista Silva and Miss Vietnam Dang Thi Le Hang were welcomed by DOT Assistant Secretaries Daniel Mercado and Frederick Alegre.
Groufie of Miss Belgium Stephanie Geldhof, Miss Uruguay Magdalena Cohendet, Miss Chile Catalina Caceres, Miss Argentina Estefania Bernal, and Miss India Roshmitha Harimurthy
Miss Russia Yuliana Korolkova greeted her Filipino fans, "Mahal ko kayo! Mabuhay Pilipinas!"
Miss Czech Republic Andrea Bezdekova and Miss Great Britain Jamie-Lee Faulkner
Miss Poland Izabella Krzan
Miss Australia Caris Tiival
Miss Nicaragua Marina Jacoby and Miss Costa Rica Carolina Rodriguez
Miss Namibia Lizelle Esterhuizen
Miss Cayman Islands Monyque Brooks
Miss Malta Martha Fenech, Miss Turkey Tansu Sila Çakir, Miss Peru Valeria Piazza, Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun, and Miss Belize Rebecca Rath
Miss Slovak Republic Zuzana Kollárová
Miss Japan Sari Nakazawa
Miss Indonesia Kezia Warouw
Miss South Africa Ntandoyenkosi Kunene and Miss Netherlands Zoey Ivory
Miss Curacao Chanelle de Lau
Miss Sril Lanka Jayathi De Silva and Miss China Li Zhenying
Miss Honduras Sirey Moran and Miss Ecuador Connie Jimenez were among the last candidates to arrive on Thursday night, January 12.