If there’s one thing that the recently concluded Binibining Pilipinas pageant has proven, it’s that the women in the country are not just beautiful, but they are smart as hell as well. To everyone’s surprise and delight, almost all the contestants aced the hardest part of the coronation night, the dreaded Q & A portion—phew!
We pity the judges, because they surely had a hard time choosing between all the gorgeous candidates whse performances were flawless last April 30.
But in the end, Binibini 19, Rachel Peters of Camarines Sur bested the 39 other hopefuls and won the much-coveted crown and Miss Universe Philippines title.
Completing this year's Binibining Pilipinas 2017 title-holders are: Binibining Pilipinas International Mariel de Leon, Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental Katarina Rodriguez, Binibining Pilipinas Globe Nelda Ibe, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Elizabeth Durado Clenci, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Chanel Olive Thomas.
Since we know that, like us, you're all suckers for beautiful and brainy women, we immediately rifled through the Instagram accounts of all the winners. While going through their snaps, we learned a thing or two about them. Here are some of the things that we found out about each woman.
Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Chanel Olive Thomas
Fil-Aussie Chanel hails from Nueva Ecija. Aside from the Miss Supranational title, she also won Miss Friendship and the Best Costume awards.
This 5'9" stunner has previously competed in Miss Philippines Earth 2015, where she was crowned Miss Philippines Air (first runner-up).
The beauty queen grew up in Australia with a Filipina mother from San Antonio, Nueva Ecija. She visited the Philippines last 2014 for a vacation, but eventually decided to stay here because of modelling job offers.
Prior to joining pageants, she was known for being Jake Cuenca's ex-girlfriend. The two dated in 2014, before Chanel pursued her beauty queen dreams.
Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Elizabeth Durado Clenci
Elizabeth hails from the majestic city of Mandaue, Cebu.
This 5’5” music major is half Romanian and half Filipino, but grew up in Australia.
This year was her second bid for the Binibining Pilipinas crown after being one of the 15 semi-finalists alongside her sister during the Binibining Pilipinas 2011 pageant.
Binibining Pilipinas Globe Nelda Ibe
23-year-old Nelda is an English lit major from Tarlac State University.
She’s currently a private licensed Cadet Pilot with the Alpha Aviation Group.
Not new to the scene, she was Miss World Philippines 2nd Princess during the reign of Valerie Weigmann last 2014. She was also part of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2013, where she represented Tarlac.
Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental Katarina Rodriguez
Katarina is famous with the fashion set for being a finalist in Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 2.
In 2011, she booked a one-way ticket to Manila from her hometown in Orlando, Florida to try her luck in the Philippines.
Prior to her appearance on ANTM, Katarina was a student in De La Salle University (DLSU), where she took up Philosophy and Business Management.
She was also member of the DLSU Women's Track and Field Team.
Binibining Pilipinas International Mariel de Leon
The 23-year-old Aces and Queen's beauty is the daughter of showbiz couple Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong.
She made her debut in the Binibining Pilipinas circuit back in 2013, where she placed as one of the Top 15 but failed to take home a crown.
After competing in 2013, Mariel signed up with Viva Entertainment in 2015. She's also a singer, and is part of a group called The Opera Belles.
Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters
Aside from earning the right to represent the country at the 66th edition of the Miss Universe pageant, Rachel also won the following special awards: Miss Photogenic, Best in Swimsuit, and She's So Jag.
This 22-year-old Bicolana beauty is an event organizer who has worked with international artists such as Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera.
This animal lover was also Miss World Philippines 2014's 4th runner-up.
Sorry boys, she’s currently in a relationship with Camarines Sur governor, Migz Villafuerte.