MORE candidates are arriving in Manila ahead of the 65th Miss Universe competition.
Twenty-one-year old Raissa Santana, representing Brazil, arrived late Monday in Manila and immediately complimented the Filipino hospitality.
"Hello Manila! Such a warm welcome from this nice and sweet people," she wrote on Instagram.
Santana hails from Itaberaba, a municipality in the north-east region of Brazil, and is a basketball player.
She finished a Marketing degree and hopes to get involved with charities and organizations that focus on child adoption.
The 5-foot-9 beauty is also the first Brazilian black woman crowned in 30 years.
Meanwhile, Hawa Kamara, the candidate from Sierra Leone, has also arrived in Manila.
She was welcomed with warm hugs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
"The Filipinos are so warm. They gave me the best welcome. Thank you," the beauty queen wrote on Instagram.
Kamara, 26, is the first entrant to represent the Republic of Sierra Leone in the Miss Universe competition.
Born in Kono and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, she began her pageant career after graduating at the Methodist Girls High School.
She asserts the importance of education and hopes to raise awareness on HIV and AIDS.
The rest of the candidates of the 65th Miss Universe pageant are expected to arrive this week.
They are scheduled to visit the provinces of Boracay, Vigan, Cebu, Baguio, Batangas, and Davao before the Coronation Night on January 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Sunnex)