Binibining Pilipinas 2017 Queens Reunite at Send-off & Homecoming Party
Report: Anton Eder | Writer & Correspondent
Managing Editor: Raymund Thom Golez
Photos: JR Noses | Chief Photojournalist & Photo Editor
MANILA, Philippines – Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) on Monday, November 13, roused a Triple send-off party for reigning queens, Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Intercontinental Katarina Rodriguez, Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Supranational Chanel Thomas, Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters plus Double Homecoming for Nelda Ibe and Elizabeth Clenci at Novotel Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines.
The send-off was also intended to celebrate victories of the recent wins of pilot beauty queen Nelda Ibe, who finished First runner-up in the Miss Globe pageant in Tirana, Albania (where Do Tran Khanh Ngan of Vietnam was hailed as Miss Globe 2017) and musician beauty queen Elizabeth Clenci, who placed as 2nd runner-up in the Miss Grand International in Vietnam (where Maria Jose Lora of Peru was crowned Miss Grand International 2017). Another Binibini, Maria Angelica de Leon, is currently in Japan for her Miss International back-to-back campaign.
Continuing its tradition, the girls gives well-wishes and heart-warming messages to their fellow queens. Rodrigues to Thomas, “I’ve known Chanel since she was really a model. She was very modelesque, everything, no trace of beauty queen or whatsoever and honestly, it’s been something to watch you transform from model to being a Binibining Pilipinas crown holder. From your personality to the way you dress, the way you carry yourself, I’ve watched you grow up. You give good advice. I know you’re gonna do wonderful. You’re gonna brighten everyone’s days and long nights at Supra. I’m so excited. I’m really, really excited! I know you’ll do really well.”
For Peters, Rodriguez said: “Rachel, our Miss Universe! I’ve known you for quite sometime and I can vouch that you’re one of the hardest-working women I’ve ever met. It’s been an honor to have you lead us in all of this. It’s been an honor to ask you for advice. You really know how to execute every step of the way. We’re very lucky to have you as our Miss Universe in this batch. You kept us all close and a solid batch and a lot of this is your doing. You are one of the kindest women I know. You are my super bet. I always say, Rachel’s got this!”
Thomas, she said of Rodriguez: “We met at a shoot. We clicked. We both came from two different worlds. She’s seen me grow, I’ve seen Kat grow. Kat started down in modeling. She was handling school and modeling and she is one of the most hard-working people, very hard-working, very independent, she takes care of herself and she’s very ambitious, like we always have this connection. To see you today, you’re so queenly! And you’re ready and I’m so rooting for you 100 percent!”
For Peters, Thomas said: “I’ve known Rachel since before Binibini and I’ve seen her transform as well. Amazing! For Miss Universe, I know you’re gonna do amazing. You have everything going for you. You have the brains, the looks, whatever, you have everything combined and remember when we actually own a crown, we’ve kind of like had this unified decision together like we all really got the right crown, like Rachel you are the perfect Miss Universe. And I’m rooting for you.”
Peters to Rodriguez said, “Kat, you’re the last one to leave. You’re lucky you have a lot of time but it’s time that you don’t even need because I know how hard you’ve been working. I know you’re the type of woman who when you want something, you won’t stop until you get it. I have no doubt that you are gonna take home the crown and make history for the Philippines. Thank you for all your modeling advice. Good luck and I’ll be praying for you.”
For Thomas, Peters said: “We’ve known each other for awhile. We’ve never really been that close but I’m really thankful to BPCI for giving us theu opportunity to get to know each other, to bond, to become sisters. It’s amazing to have each other there, to support each other. I’ll never forget the time I was feeling a little bit low and Chanel is always that one person in the room that can turn your frown upside down. She has also helped me by bringing me closer to God. There was a time when she said to me, ‘You know, you need to take time and talk to God every day. That would help you a lot in your journey.’ And that meant a lot to me. So thank you.”
“We hope to continue the winning streak. We’re excited,” Katarina declared.
Peters also reiterated, “If you’re asking if I feel any pressure, no I’m not pressured by it. It just makes me more excited to compete.
Peters will vie for Philippines’ fourth crown in the 67th edition of Miss Universe pageant on November 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thomas is set to snag the country’s second crown at the 9th edition of Miss Supranational on December 1 in Poland. And Rodriguez will fight for Philippines’ first crown at the 47th edition of Miss Intercontinental in Sri Lanka on December 21.