SOME 20 beautiful candidates from the 65th Miss Universe pageant arrived in Davao City Thursday. The much-awaited candidates toured one of the city’s popular tourist destinations, the Eden Nature Park in Toril, and then showcased beautiful clothing designs from Mindanaoans and Filipino designers during the Mindanao Tapestry Show at the SMX Convention Center.

Those who have been watching the pageant for years know that during the coronation night, there will be that brief moment when they will show the places the candidates visited. Miss Universe will be broadcasted in about 190 countries, some of which may not have heard of Davao City.

We do not know how long that video will be but even that short clip is enough to put Davao City, coupled with the media coverage leading to the pageant, in another international spotlight.

Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo expressed optimism that with the recent international spotlight, including the visit of Japan Prime Minister Abe and the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) 2017 chairmanship launch, the country could attract additional two million tourists, some of whom may travel to Davao City.

The international spotlight bodes well for the city’s economy. As tourists pour in, there will be a spur in investments, which will create more jobs and opportunities for Dabawenyos.

Davao City is not the only one that will benefit from the spotlight. Neighboring provinces will likewise benefit from this as tourists continue to find something new while investors find new potentials.

Dabawenyos, don’t let this spotlight come to pass. Take advantage of it; let’s promote our city, local businesses, and tourist destinations.

This, indeed, is our time to shine