Stunning national costumes from the Miss Universe pageant

Posted January 29, 2017

After exhilarating, and at times, exhausting, pre-pageant events, the ladies finally got down to serious business and paraded in swimsuits and evening gowns under competitive conditions yesterday at the MOA Arena before a preliminary set of judges who will determine the top 12 contestants on Monday's finals.

Emmy Award Winner Steve Harvey incorrectly announced Ariadna Gutierrez of Miss Colombia as winner.

"She's made it so far already, this girl has been training for months and months leading up to the competition and what she really needs now is encouragement along with the other candidates".

Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach is about to end her reign as the new Miss Universe 2016 will be crowned soon.

The competition is on for Miss Universe 2017, and ET's rounded up everything you need to know ahead of the highly anticipated global beauty pageant on Sunday.

Reigning Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach explained that the pageant this year which is held in the Philippines is a lot better.

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Lucic-Baroni was playing her first semifinal at a major since Wimbledon in 1999. "No one has ever beaten me as much as Venus has". When one Williams walked out after winning the semifinal, the other entered for her's and the sisters barely exchanged glances.

Abella said the government is extending its "heartfelt felicitations" to Medina and for the rest of the 86 candidates, who came from their respective countries to Manila for the beauty tilt.

Now, Roshmitha is carrying the dream of crores of Indians who have been waiting for 17 long years to see an Indian clinch the Miss Universe crown.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo assured Filipinos welcomed Harvey "with open arms and without any reservation" despite last year's hosting gaffe.

MANILA-Amid Miss Universe 2016 fever, Malacanang won't declare the coronation day on January 30 which falls on Monday as holiday.

"We assure everyone that, when you are with Filipinos, we embrace you as family".

The grand finale will be hosted by Emmy Award victor Steve Harvey and will feature body activist Ashley Graham as backstage host. "I look for that extra spark, the unique quality which demonstrates her ability to be both the global representative of the organization and a passionate advocate for her causes".