Award-winning actor Xian Lim and TV personality Nicole Cordoves will be hosting the Miss Grand International 2017 pageant in Vietnam on October 25. The two hail from the Philippines and have both confirmed their appearances during the event.

Cordoves arrived in Vietnam earlier this week and will be hosting the preliminary competition on October 23, according to the pageant’s official social media. Over 70 candidates from around the world will each compete in swimsuits and evening gowns. This will determine their placement during the finals.

Meanwhile, Lim is set to host the coronation event that will be held at Vinpearl Phu Quoc Resort and Villas in Phu Quoc Island, local news website Inquirer.net reported. This Filipino actor has previously hosted many of the editions of his country’s national pageants.

Grateful

Xian Lim, who also traces back his roots to Malaysia, shared that he is “thankful” to the pageant organizers for officially selecting him as one of the event’s hosts. He said he will make sure that the audience will be “having a good time.”

“As a host, I want to have that presence...

and I want it to be as entertaining as possible. I’m sure it would be a wonderful experience,” he added.

Grand finals happening soon

The candidates in Miss Grand International 2017 have already made it through several rounds of the competition such as the national costume contest, swimsuit portion and a number of fashion shows. For instance, the national costume show featured the ladies in their traditional attire, Global Beauties reported.

The top 10 finalists in the swimsuit preliminaries have been officially announced. The finalists include the contestants from Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, and India.

Also joining them are the candidates from Peru, Malaysia, Ecuador, and Paraguay. These ladies were chosen according to votes from the fans. These finalists also participated in a closed-door interview with MGI president Nawat Itsaragrisil and current titleholder Ariska Pertiwi from Indonesia.

The fans also participated in a voting process to choose three ladies who will have a secure spot in the front row during the opening dance in the coronation night. The winners are the candidates from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.

Rehearsals will start on October 23 for the grand finals of the pageant. Miss Grand International is one of the most prestigious beauty events worldwide along with Miss Universe, Miss International, and Miss World. It sets itself apart from other competition because of its advocacy against war and violence.

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