RACHEL PETERS bagged the most coveted Miss Universe Philippines 2017 crown besting 39 other ladies in this year’s edition of the annual Binibining Pilipinas pageant.

Peters who was also adjudged Best in Swimsuit will be the country’s bet to the Miss Universe pageant later this year as she vies to win the fourth crown for the Philippines previously won by Gloria Diaz (1969), Margie Moran-Floriendo (1972), and Pia Wurtzbach (2015).

Binibining Pilipinas International 2017 is Maria Angelica De Leon, who is set to the big challenge herself as she tries to win back-to-back for the Philippines. Reigning Miss International is Filipina beauty Kylie Versoza who passed on the Philippines’ sash early morning of May 1 in Manila. De Leon also won Best in Long Gown and Miss Creamsilk.

Rachel Peters, Best in Swimsuit
Rachel Peters, Best in Swimsuit
Mariel De Leon, Best in Long Gown
Mariel De Leon, Best in Long Gown

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Miss Universe Philippines 2017: Rachel Peters (19)
Bb. Pilipinas International 2017: Maria Angelica De Leon (15)
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2017: Chanel Thomas (42)
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2017: Elizabeth Clenzi (39)
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017: Katarina Rodriguez (31)
Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2017: Nilda Ibe (18)
First Runner-Up: Charmaine Elima (32)
Second Runner-Up: Kristel Guelos (40)

A ‘Beauty and Brains’ Competition

While the search for the next Filipina beauty queens remain a beauty competition, it was believed that the Question and Answer portion put the ladies on their respective places.

Whether we admit it or now, every lady in the competition won’t settle for anything less than to represent the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant. And as everyone knows, the Miss Universe pageant has changed rules since 2015 wherein the Top 3 winners battle in the Q&A portion in order to be crowned Miss Universe.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach succeeded on that but not our 2016 bet, Maxine Medina. So, the steeper competition during this year’s pageant. Moreover, both the Miss International and Miss Grand International competitions also demand the same for their winners.

It was crystal clear that all the ladies are well-prepared for this year’s Q&A segment. Except for a few let down, which include some of our early favorites, Sirene Sutton who failed to choose between a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ as her answer; and Charmaine Elima who failed to concretize her answer at all — almost all the ladies did great.

But only four ladies competed neck-to-neck until the very end: our two favorites Rachel Peters and Maria Angelique ‘Mariel’ De Leon plus the ever competitive Katarina Rodriguez and the black Filipina beauty, Elizabeth Clenzi.

Though a cliche, it was Rachel Peters’ answer to what could be her message to the leaders attending this year’s ASEAN Summit in the country that made her win the crown. Saying that it is divisiveness in politics, religion and even culture just as the same across the world she wanted to address. “I believe that when people can learn to tolerate each other’s differences and respect each other’s opinions, we will have a stronger nation, and… world.”  Her delivery is nearly flawless as well — something that’d give the Philippines a good chance at the Miss Universe 2017 pageant.

Mariel De Leon‘s answer saying there’s “no better gender’ is as great. I’m sure she did give the judges a very hard job before they’ve chosen Peters over her for the MUP crown — yet they’re confident enough to send her to defend the crown now being worn by our very own Kylie at the Miss International pageant.

Katarina Rodriguez answer was definitely among the best. Asked on what is her definition of a winner, Rodriguez answered, “The definition of a winner is how you execute your responsibilities after you win… a winner is somebody who knows how to inspire, who is kind and brave, and so ever curious.” She is also Miss Philippine Airlines.

Elizabeth Clenzi‘s answer on the question about “What to do in traffic?” To her is to either sleep, read books and/or talk with her loved ones made her a choice to compete in the Miss Grand International competition with her successor, Nicole Cordoves as last year’s first runner-up.

Over all, the winners were well-chosen despite the fact that we’re really saddened that Huelar and Sutton didn’t make it to the winners’ circle.

Top 15 finalists include Jehza Huelar (10), Sirene Sutton (14), Christagle Borja (20), Camille Manli (17), Gabriela Ortega (34), Lara Lacap (16), and the People’s Choice Juliana Kapeundi.

To everyone’s surprise, early favorites Angelique Celine De Leon (12) and Dindi Joy Pajares (24) did not even make the Top 15 cut.

What can you say about the results, our dear readers? Let us know in the comments.

Former Binibining Pilipinas Beauties
Yes, this post is not complete without this photo of the three ladies from last year. Binibining Pilipinas 2016 beauties Nicole Cordoves (Grand International), Maxine Medina (Universe), and Kylie Versoza (International).
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