- The Filipinos have welcomed Steve Harvey with open arms and without any reservation, the Department of Tourism said
- Harvey arrived in the Philippines on Saturday, January 28, to host the Miss Universe pageant which will be held in the country on Monday, January 30
- Harvey was the host of Miss Universe 2015 who announced the wrong winner; saying it was Miss Columbia Ariadna Gutierrez when it should be Miss Philippine Pia Wurtzbach
Actor-host Steve Harvey, the host who announced the wrong Miss Universe winner in 2015, has arrived in the Philippines on Saturday, January 28. Despite his mistake, he was welcomed by the Filipinos with open arms.
In a statement, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Filipinos has welcomed Harvey “with open arms” and “without any reservation.”
“The popular American actor-comedian has millions of excited fans in the Philippines, who look forward to having him host/emcee the 65th Miss Universe Coronation on Monday, when the universe, tune in on this ‘thrilla in Manila’,” the DOT stated.
In 2015, Harvey mistakenly named Miss Columbia Ariadna Gutierrez as the Miss Universe winner, when it should be Miss Philippine Pia Wurtzbach.
The DOT, however, assured that he will be treated well by the Filipinos.
“In the tradition of genuine Filipino hospitality, we extend our hand of friendship. We assure everyone that, when you are with Filipinos, we embrace you as family,” DOT assured.
“We are so happy, honored and proud to have Mr. Harvey in the Philippines,” the tourism department expressed.