NEWLY crowned Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere thanked Monday the people in the Philippines for their warm hospitality and said that her most unforgettable memory of the country was her trip in Cebu.
"You are all exceptional, very welcoming. It was an amazing experience. I think all the girls loved it here," said the 24-year-old Lille native in the post-pageant press conference at Mall of Asia Area, Pasay City.
Mittenaere said that aside from the mangoes, she loves the hospitality of the people and was awed by the beauty of the Philippines.
"Everything is very good in the Philippines, especially the mangoes. But the most memorable was my trip to Cebu. I love that day because it was sunny. It was very good and it was a great experience for me to discover the great talents of the people."
The official Miss Universe contestants visited the province for the swimsuit presentation held at J Park Island Resort and Waterpark.
Following Pia’s footsteps
On Monday, Mittenaere won her country's second Miss Universe title during the coronation held Monday morning at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The dental surgery student bested 85 candidates to take home the coveted crown.
"I was very surprised. I'm always touching the crown because I cannot believe it. It was a big surprise and every step is a big surprise. I'm very proud and I feel blessed."
She said she is happy to bring the crown back to Europe.