A bevy of 86 beautiful women from all over the world descended on Manila on Thursday to vie for the Miss Universe crown.
The beauty contest is set to culminate in a coronation in the Philippine capital on Sunday, January 29.
Crowds packed the Mall of Asia Arena as each candidate showcased her swimsuits, evening gowns,and national costumes in front of the judges.
The preliminary round of the competition which got underway on Thursday will eventually end up with only the top 12 candidates selected for the pageant night.
More than half a million people are expected to tune in to watch the coronation night.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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