Binibining Pilipinas Universe Rachel Peters definitely slayed the preliminary competitions as she showed off her signature sashay dubbed as the “infinity walk” during the swimsuit and evening gown rounds last November 21.
Rachel was also so unmistakably exquisite and fierce in her head-to-toe gold Sarimanok-inspired get-up during the highly-anticipated pre-pageant national costume showdown two nights earlier.
Together with the other 92 candidates, Rachel was all smiles as she flaunted her toned body and sizzled in a Yamamay two-piece black bikini.
After that, she emerged in a studded and appliqued, high-slit gold evening gown made by renowned designer Val Taguba.
Meanwhile, Rachel likewise confidently stunned everyone in a sequined one-piece national costume with a train that transforms into a pair of wings capped with an intricate headgear depicting a rooster’s bust, both designed by the Dubai-based Taguba. On the other hand, her gladiator knee-high, heeled sandals were crafted by Jojo Bragais.
In one of her Instagram posts, Rachel described her spectacular costume as a “modern twist” to the Sarimanok, which is the legendary bird symbolizing good fortune for the Maranao ethnic tribe in Mindanao.
With the consistent overwhelming support the Filipino community in the United States has given her, Rachel also expressed her joy and gratitude in a separate Instagram post.
“Tonight was sooo much fun! Shoutout to all the Filipinos who were there for me tonight. I seriously felt the love and have been all week. Thank you to all my kababayans around the world for your relentless support, votes and prayers! I appreciate you all,” she said in one of her posts.
It is still days before the grand coronation night but Rachel is hailed as one of the early favorites. But we can do our share to help her land a spot in the semifinals by casting our votes through www.missuniverse.com and using the hashtags #MissUniverse and #Philippines on Twitter until today, November 25.
Don’t miss the 2017 Miss Universe pageant, which will be aired live from The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on ABS-CBN this Monday, November 27, at 8am.