By FRANCIS D. CALUBAQUIB
In her first public appearance after competing at this year’s Miss Universe pageant held in the country, Philippine bet Maxine Medina looked flawless as she waved to the fans gathered at Gateway Mall’s activity area for the opening of the pageant’s pop-up store on Friday, Feb. 10.
“Thank you to all my supporters,” Maxine said in a hushed voice as media and fans swarmed the area for a glimpse and photo ops with the reigning Miss Universe Philippines.
Miss Philippines Universe Maxine Medina at the Miss Universe Pop-up Store ribbon cutting ceremony with (L-R) Araneta Center Inc. (ACI) executives Lorna Fabian, VP for Leasing; and Antonio Mardo, Senior Vice President; and SMLEI executives Edgar Tejerero, President; Ruby Ann Reyes, VP for Corporate Marketing; and Arnel Gonzales, AVP of Mall of Asia Arena
For pageant fanatics, the Miss Universe Pop-up Store in Gateway Mall is an added treat as they are able to buy exclusive and official merchandise like Miss Universe travel pillows, teddy bears, hoodies, tank tops, and t-shirts. The most coveted item in the collection is the replica of the Miss Universe crown. Pia Wurtzbach collection like shirts, tote bags, travel pillows, and posters are also up for grabs.
During the launch, fans who bought the Miss Universe Tour Book, which featured 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach on the cover in a stunning Michael Cinco red couture gown shot in New York, were able to get their copies signed by Maxine.
The Miss Universe Pop-up Store, which will be open at the Gateway Mall until March 10, was launched via a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Maxine. She was joined by executives of the Araneta Center Inc. (ACI) and partners SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. (SMLEI).