Miss Universe Organization Head Paula Shugart excitedly met for the first time the 10 lovely contestants for 2016 Miss Universe at the in Conrad Hotel Manila last December 10.
During the interview, Paula revealed that the kick-off party is a first in Miss Universe history. It was a great experience for her to be with the ladies before the main event in January.
"It's very exciting, I loved the fact that it's a kick-off, we've never been able do this before so they will be coming back for a month so it's very exciting and I just arrived today (December 10) so it's my first time meeting the ladies," she said
According to MUO head the event in January will be very special not only the organization and Pia, but also for the Filipino fans who love the pageant.
"It will be very special, It's here in the Philippines, Pia is giving up her crown, it’s a place that we have a special bond with the Philippines."
Since Pia’s reign is about to end, Paula revealed it is a bitter sweet feeling for her.
"I don't want it to be over, it's bitter sweet for me, but her reign has been fabulous. She's an amazing woman and I'm a big fan of hers," Paula admitted.