Excited na ang character actor/businessman na si Raymond "RS" Francisco sa pagdating sa Pilipinas ni Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters ngayong gabi, December 5.
Ang Frontrow Philippines, kumpanya ni Raymond at ng business partner nitong si Sam Versoza, ang magdadala sa bansa kina Demi-Leigh at Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere.
Ilang minuto raw nakausap ni RS si Demi-Leigh matapos itong makoronahan bilang Miss Universe 2017 sa The AXIS at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada, noong November 27 (Philippine time).
Kuwento ni RS tungkol sa South African beauty queen, "She's very warm, I just met her for five minutes, but she's very excited to go to the Philippines!
"That's one thing she said, 'I'll be in the Philippines!' Inunahan pa niya ako.
"Sabi ko, 'Yeah, we're taking you there!' Tapos photo-photo, konting kuwento."
Dagdag pa ni RS, "Up close, her face is very small, very angelic, parang mala-Angelina Jolie.
"She's very ethereal. When you see her, she really emanates talaga.
"Rachel Peters is also [very queenly], Thailand also, China... everybody else.
"Si Demi-Leigh, when you talk to her, you really feel her energy, also."
MISS U BEAUTIES INVADE THE PHILIPPINES. Isa-isa nang dumadating ang ilang piling kandidata ng Miss Universe 2017.
Kabilang dito sina Miss Canada Lauren Emily Howe, Miss Singapore Manuela Bruntraeger, Miss Great Britain Anna Maria Burdzy, Miss China Qiang Qui, Miss Italy Maria Polverino, Miss Russia Ksenia Alexandrova, Miss Netherlands Nicky Opheij, Miss India Shraddha Shashidhar, Miss Malaysia Samantha Katie James, Miss Korea Sewhee Cho, at Miss USA Kara McCullough.
Sa eksklusibong panayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) kay RS kagabi, December 4, ibinahagi nito ang ilan sa activities na gagawin ng Miss Universe beauties sa bansa.
"There will be a welcome dinner, of course, in honor of Miss South Africa.
"We have a fashion event... it's all charity, and they'll be going around the Philippines.
"We will be sponsoring everything, along with the cooperation of the DOT.
"So, meron ding charity dinner, everything is for the Filipinos," saad ni RS.
Kabilang sa mga lugar na bibisitahin ng beauty queens ay ang Palawan.
Ayon kay RS, isa ito sa mga naisip nilang paraan upang mapasaya ang mga Pilipino ngayong Pasko.
"Everything we're doing is a treat for the Filipinos, it's a Christmas treat.
"Sam, my business partner in Frontrow Philippines, and I were thinking, 'What's something nice we could give to the Filipinos?'
"I remember, since we're also doing a charity event and Miss Universe is also hot now, so pinagsabay na namin.
"Tamang-tama, everything conspired. The whole universe conspired."
Ang beauty-queen maker na si Jonas Gaffud ang naging daan ng grupo nina RS upang makilala si Paula Shugart, presidente ng Miss Universe Organization, at maisakatuparan ang kanilang plano.
Kuwento ni RS, "Jonas Gaffud was the one who introduced us. We met up with Jonas in Las Vegas.
"They sent us tickets for the show, we saw the show, and we were talking about a charity event.
"Tamang-tama, they also have a charity event, so Sam and I thought, why not collaborate with Miss Universe?"
MISS UNIVERSE 2017. Sa mga sumunod na bahagi ng panayam, excited ding ikinuwento ni RS ang kanyang Miss Universe experience.
Lahad ng actor-businessman, "It's my first time to see it talaga. I always see it on TV.
"It's my first time to see it live and what's better is I saw it up close.
"Doon pa lang, it was a treat already, seeing them up close."
Bukod sa Philippine bet na si Rachel Peters, si Demi-Leigh at si Miss Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp ang ilan sa kanyang napusuan upang mag-uwi ng korona.
"South Africa was one of my bets along with Thailand and Miss Philippines.
"I had like ten bets and I really couldn't decide sino."