MALACAÑANG expressed Saturday its support behind Miss Universe-Philippines Maxine Medina, who is set to represent the country in the 65th Miss Universe pageant on Monday, January 28.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella wished Medina all the best to win the title in her home country.
The Miss Universe coronation night will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City at 8 a.m. (Manila time).
Abella said Medina deserved moral boost for “working very hard and giving her best in a competition that promotes goodwill and friendship among nations.”
“As the country’s representative, Maxine is able to show the beauty, warm, hope and dignity of the Filipino. We are truly proud of her,” Abella told government-run dzRB.
“We convey our most heartfelt felicitations for all the Miss Universe candidates and especially cheer and throw our support for the Ms. Philippines candidate, Maxine Medina,” he added.
Medina is looking forward to a back-to-back win for the Philippines, in the annual international beauty contest.
So far, the Philippines has produced three Miss Universe titles: Gloria Diaz (1969), Margie Moran (1973), and Pia Wurtzbach (2015).
Wurtzbach is expected to pass on the crown to the new titleholder on January 30, Monday.
Abella said it was an honor for the Philippines to host the international beauty pageant.
"We are also grateful for this experience of hosting the pageant, assured and confident that 2017 Miss Universe experience has been joyful and memorable for all the candidates and our foreign guests," the presidential spokesperson said.
"We invite them to come back and bring more of their friends to explore the various islands of the Philippines, ready to be astonished of the unexhausted beauty of each one and willing to be moved in every way by the fervent spirit of the Filipino people," he said. (SunStar Philippines)