The new queen was crowned during the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 coronation night held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 30, 2017.
Rachel Louise Peters was crowned as Miss Universe – Philippines 2017, besting other 39 candidates who also competed for the top crown.
The Fil-Brit beauty has been consistently included in pageant hot picks by pageant blogs and sites to be the next successor of the most-coveted crown. Aside from doing well in the preliminaries, she also managed to capture the audience and received the judges’ nod with her intelligence in the question and answer (Q&A) portion of the competition.
She was asked what would have been her message to the leaders who attended the recent ASEAN summit if she were invited as speaker.
Here is her winning answer: “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.