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Fil-British beauty crowned Miss Universe-Philippines 2017

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By JO ERLINDA MAUFIT

 

WINNERS of the 2017 Binibining Pilipinas (from left) 2nd runner-up Kristel Guelos, Bb Pilipinas Globe 2017 – Nelda Ibe, Bb Pilipinas Grand International 2017 – Elizabeth Durado Clenci, Bb Pilipinas International 2017 – Mariel de Leon, Miss Universe Philippines – Rachel Peters, Bb Pilipinas Supranational 2017 – Chanel Olive Thomas, Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017 – Katarina Rodriguezpose and 1st runner-up – Charmaine Elima during the coronation night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

 

QUEZON CITY — A Filipino-British beauty who grew up in Camarines Sur and who admitted she is in a relationship with its youthful governor was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2017 on April 30 in ceremonies at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
 

Rachel Peters, 25, won over 39 other beauties during the pageant which had popular former titlist Pia Wurtzbach, the country’s first Miss Universe title-holder in over four decades, as co-host with actor Xian Lim. 


Peters won three special awards before she was crowned the winner. She won The Face of Binibini,  Jag Denim Queen and Best in Swimsuit awards.

 

The other winners were Binibining Pilipinas Globe Nelda Ibe, Binibining Pilipinas International Maria Angelica de Leon; Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Chanel Olive Thomas; Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental Katarina Sonja Rodriguez; and Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Elizabeth Durado Clenci. 

 

Charmaine Elima and Kristel Guelos were first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively. 

 

Binibining Pilipinas International winner de Leon is the daughter of actors Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong. She joined the pageant first in 2013 where she placed in the top 15.

 

RACHEL PETERS with Camarines Sur Gov. Migz Villafuerte before winning the crown.

 

The winners received their crown from previous title holders Kylie Verzosa, Joanna Eden, Jennifer Hammond, Nichole Manalo and Nicole Cordoves.

 

“‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ star Daniel Padilla, the guest performer, serenadedg the contestants with Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” during the long gown competition.

 

Peters succeeds Maxine Medina, who failed in her bid for a back-to-back Miss Universe titles for the Philippines during the Miss Universe pageant which was hosted by the Philippines.

 


Peters, who stands at five feet and nine inches, is an event organizer who had worked with international artists like Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera. She was previously crowned 4th Princess in the Miss World Philippines pageant in 2014.

 

The new beauty queen, who is in a relationship with Camarines Sur Gov. Migz Villafuerte, called for unity amidst a tough time for the Philippines during the question and answer portion of the pageant which lasted up to the wee hours on May 1.

 

Peters impressed the panel of judges when she answered the question of European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen: “This week, the Philippines hosted the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit. If you were invited to speak, what would have been your message to the leaders?”

 

“I believe that one of the biggest problems of our country is divisiveness: in politics, religion, and culture. I believe it is same across the world and that is something I would like to address. If we can learn to tolerate each other’s differences and respect each other, then we will be a stronger nation going forward,” she answered brimming with confidence.

 

Peters, who was trained and groomed under the Kagandahang Flores beauty camp under Rodgil Flores, e finished her International Baccalaureate at the British School in Phuket, Thailand. She has a Bachelor of Business, Tourism and Events major from La Trobe University in Australia.

 

Peters also said that she officially became a Filipina on Nov. 4, 2015 as she held her Philippine passport on Instagram. It was captioned: “Salamat po DFA. Officially a Filipina today!!! Yewww.”

 

Special Awards winners were: Binibining Friendship: Chanel Olive Thomas; The Face of Binibini: Rachel Peters; Binibining Talent: Dane Felisse Marasigan;


National Costume: Chanel Olive Thomas; Manila Bulletin Reader's Choice: Christagale Borja; Jag Denim Queen: Rachel Peters; Best in Swimsuit: Rachel Peters;


Best in Long Gown: Maria Angelica de Leon; Binibining Philippine Airlines: Katarina Sonja Rodriguez; and Binibining Creamsilk: Maria Angelica de Leon.

 

Before the final tallies, those in the Top 15 were Elizabeth Durado Clenci, Maria Angelica de Leon, Chanel Olive Thomas,  Katarina Sonja Rodriguez, Sirene Sutton, Kristel Guelos, Nelda Ibe, Charmaine Elima, Christagale Borja, Maria Camille Manalo, Gabriela Patricia Ortega, Larah Grace Lacap, Rachel Peters Jehza Huelar, and Juliana Kapeundl (People's Choice).

 

Although favorites among pageant fans, Binibini 12 Angelique Celine De Leon and Binibini 24 Dindi Pajares did not make it to the top 25, GMA News reported.

 

GMA News added that nerves got the better of Binibini 13 Sirene Sutton in the Q & A portion as the strong contender missed the mark and failed to place.

In another shocking twist, front-runner Charmaine Elima failed to win a crown and only placed first runner up, the report added.

 

 

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