PHOTOS: 11 Stunning Candidates at the Miss Universe Kickoff Party

The countdown to coronation night officially begins!

(SPOT.ph) It's really happening; in just seven weeks, the Philippines will be hosting the 65th edition of the Miss Universe pageant on January 30, 2017. Before over 80 candidates will fly to the country for the big night, 11 pageant hopefuls dropped by S Maison on Saturday, December 11, to kick off the festivities.

 

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 Event hosts Benjamin Alves and former Miss Universe finalist Shamcey Supsup

 

Their five-day stay in the country includes stopovers across the Philippines, including Cebu (who will host the swimsuit competition), Siargao, and Intramuros.

 

Here are some of the 11 candidates vying for the crown:

 

Miss Philippines Maxine Medina

 

 

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Miss Japan Sari Nakazawa (left) and Miss Korea Jenny Kim (right)

 

 

Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane (left) and Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun (right)

 

 

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Miss USA Deshauna Barber (left) and Miss Vietnam Dang Thi Le Hang (right)

 

 

(L-R) Miss Australia Caris Tiivel, Miss Japan Sari Nakazawa, Miss Indonesia Kezia Warouw, and Miss Korea Jenny Kim

 

 

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Miss Malaysia Kiran Jassal (fifth from left) and Miss New Zealand Tania Pauline Dawson (in blue), with the rest of the candidates

 

Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach was also around to welcomes the gorgeous beauty queens. "It would really be great to finally have my proper walk on stage in no less than my home country, of course," she told the excited audience. "You know, I'm not yet ready to give up this sash yet. I'm quite attached to it."

 

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Pia Wurtzbach waves to her excited fans

 

The January 30 coronation is happening at the Mall of Asia Arena; pre-pageant activities will be held in tourist spots that include Cebu, Palawan, Siargao, Baguio, Vigan, and Davao. The coronation night will be broadcast on free TV by Solar Entertainment.

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