The Binibining Pilipinas crowns have been passed on to its new successors.
Six (6) new beauty queens were crowned at the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 grand coronation night held on Sunday, April 30, at the SMART Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City. They will represent our country in the international pageants in the coming months.
Binibini No. 19 Rachel Louise Peters bested the other 40 candidates and bagged the highly-coveted crown of Miss Universe-Philippines 2017.
The 25-year-old beauty queen from Camarines Sur, is an event organizer who has worked with international artists such as Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera. She was previously crowned 4th Princess in the Miss World Philippines pageant in 2014.
Trivia: The Filipino-British beauty is currently the girlfriend of Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Luis Villafuerte.
Peters also took home most of the special awards such as Jag Denim Queen, Miss Photogenic, and Best in Swimsuit. She was also named as “Face of Binibini”.
In the question and answer portion, Peters was asked what would have been her message to the leaders who attended the recent ASEAN summit if she were invited as speaker.
“I believe one of the biggest problems that our country is facing today is divisiveness in politics, in religion and also in culture. And I believe that it is something that is the same across the world. And that is something I would want to address. I believe that when people can learn to tolerate each other’s differences and respect each other’s opinions, then we will just be a stronger nation and world,” answered the new Miss Universe, which has received a resounding applause from the audience.
Other winners who took home the remaining 5 crowns are Binibini No. 15 Maria Angelica de Leon as Miss International, Binibini No. 22 Chanel Olive Thomas as Miss Supranational, Binibini No. 21 Katarina Rodriguez as Miss Intercontinental, Binibini No. 18 Nelda Ibe as Miss Globe and Binibini No. 39 Elizabeth Clenci as Miss Grand International.
Binibini No. 32 Charmaine Elima and Binibini 40 Kristel Guelos are named first and second runners-up, respectively.
Click here for the complete list of winners of the Binibining Pilipinas 2017.