After months of preparation, a new set of beauty queens were crowned at last night’s Binibining Pilipinaspageant. This year, the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe crown went to Rachel Peters of Camarines Sur.
The Filipino-British entrepreneur was crowned by 2016 winner Maxine Medina. Before the event, Rachel was named as one of the frontrunners, along with Katarina Rodriguez and Mariel De Leon.
Rachel also won Best in Swimsuit, and impressed everyone with her response in the Q&A portion. She was asked, “If you were invited to speak [in the ASEAN Summit,] what would have been your message to the leaders?”
Her response was nothing short of insightful: “I believe that one of our biggest problems that our country faces today is divisiveness—in politics, in religion, and also in culture. And I believe that is something that is the same across the world. That is something that I want to address. I believe if people could learn to tolerate each other’s differences and respect each other’s opinions then we will be a stronger nation and world.”
An outpour of support and congratulations came from netizens. Most commended her Q&A performance.