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USVI Miss Universe Contestant Carolyn Carter Is The First To Arrive In The Philippines For the Pageant

BEAUTY AND THE BEACH: Carolyn Carter (above) will represent the U.S. Virgin Islands at the Miss Universe Contest.

MANILA, Philippines – Candidates for the 65th Miss Universe pageant are starting to arrive in the country — including the beautiful local woman hoping to make the whole territory proud!

This weekend Miss U.S. Virgin Islands Carolyn Carter was the first to land in Manila. She was met by a lot of passengers at the airport.

“Mabuhay Pilipinas! I’m so happy to be reunited with the Philippines for the third time, it feels like I’m coming home, and may I say, I am quite thankful all of my luggage has arrived!” she wrote on Instagram.

In another post, Carolyn said: “Just stepped off the plane, but first, let me take a selfie. Philippines, you sure know how to make a girl feel loved and welcomed!! Mahal ko kayo (I love you all)!”

According to her Miss Universe biography, Carolyn is a 26-year-old blogger and painter. She’s also an active spokesperson for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.

Miss Guyana Soyini Fraser

Miss Guyana Soyini Fraser was the second candidate to arrive in the country on Monday, January 9. On Instagram, she shared that she was at a food tasting with Carolyn.

“At the Mall of Asia right now attending the Governor’s Ball Food Tasting event. Filipino food is so delicious!” she wrote.

She also posted a photo of herself with Miss Sierra Leone’s Hawa Kamara, who is also in the Philippines.

More than 80 candidates will vie for the Miss Universe crown currently held by the Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach. The other candidates are expected to arrive within the week, with many scheduled on January 12 and 13.

This Virgin Islands Free Press page will be updated as more candidates arrive in the country.

The ladies will be touring the Philippines in the next 3 weeks, with visits to Baguio, Vigan, Cebu, Davao, Boracay, and Batangas lined up.

(READ: Gov’t: Security, traffic measures being set for Miss Universe pageant)

The pageant will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena, with Steve Harvey as host and Ashley Graham as backstage host. 

AMONG THE GRAPETREE LEAVES: Stunning Carolyn Carter poses a beautiful backdrop, St. Thomas of the U.S. VIrgin Islands.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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