On Sunday, April 2017, Rachel Peters was crowned winner of Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2017.
During the question and answer portion, she was asked by European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen: “This week, the Philippines hosted the ASEAN (Assocation of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit. If you were invited to speak, what would have been your message to the leaders?”
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She answered: “I believe that one of the biggest problems in our country facing today is divisiveness – in politics, in religion and also in culture. And I believe that it’s something that is the same across the world.
“And so that is something I would want to address. I believe that people would learn to tolerate each other’s differences and respect each other’s opinions, then we will be a stronger nation going forward.”
Watch the video below.
Aside from winning the coveted title, Peters also took home the Miss Photogenic, Best in Swimsuit, and She’s So Jag awards.