LOOK: Marian Rivera flies to Israel with Dingdong Dantes for Miss Universe pageant

Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes (Image: Instagram/@marianrivera)

Marian Rivera has finally traveled out of the country to Israel with her husband, Dingdong Dantes, for the upcoming 70th Miss Universe pageant.

The Kapuso actress, who was chosen as a judge in Miss Universe 2021, showed herself and Dantes sitting side by side in an airplane on her Instagram Story yesterday, Dec. 6.

Image: Instagram/@marianrivera

Rivera also showed herself and her glam team at the airport while they waited to board their flight to Israel, as seen on her Facebook page today, Dec. 7.

“DongYan and Marian’s glam team at the airport. Bound for Israel,” she said.

Rivera confirmed that she will be a Miss Universe judge last Friday, Dec. 3. However, speculations about it started last Thursday, Dec. 2, when she said that she was “honored,” along with a crown and universe emoji.

The actress admitted that while it would be difficult for her to leave her children behind to attend the pageant, she believes they would understand why she decided to fly out of the country. She also recently defended herself from critics who doubted her credentials as a judge.

The actress is not the first Filipino celebrity to take on the role of Miss Universe judge. Most recently, singer Lea Salonga and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach joined the panel of judges back in 2011 and 2017, respectively.

The Miss Universe 2021 coronation night will be held in Eilat, Israel, on Dec. 12 (Dec. 13 in the Philippines). The Philippines’ delegate to the pageant, Beatrice Luigi Gomez, arrived in Israel last Nov. 28.  /ra

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