Miss Universe Philippines 2017 is Rachel Peters!
Her runner up's were awarded the following:
BB. Philippines 2017 2nd Runner-up (for all titles below)- kristel guelos
BB. Philippines 2017 1st Runner-up (for all titles below) - Charmaine Elima
BB. Philippines 2017 Globe - Nelda Ibe
Bb Pilipinas 2017 Intercontinental – Katarina Rodriguez
BB Pilipinas 2017 Grand International - Elizabeth Clenci
Bb Pilipinas 2017 Supranational – Chanel Olive Thomas
BB Pilipinas 2017 International - Maria Angelica De Leon
Binibining Pilipinas is a prestigious contest held in the Philippines, which selects the country’s representatives to several international beauty competitions. Just last year, Bb. Pilipinas has produced its third Miss Universe queen, Pia Wurtzbach.
The pageant is was set to choose again the next possible titleholders for 2017.
From Miss Philippines to Bb. Pilipinas
Before it became Bb. Pilipinas, Miss Philippines was the official franchise holder of the Miss Universe Organization from 1952-1963. Stella Márquez-Araneta, Miss Colombia 1959 and the first beauty queen to ever hold the Miss International title in 1960, acquired the franchise for Miss Universe Philippines in 1964 and is the current president of the Bb. Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI).
Notable Miss Universe titleholders, Gloria Diaz (1969) and Margarita Moran (1973), are products of the national pageant. The organizers pick 40 contestants from all over the country to participate in the annual beauty competition. This year, however, it looks like only 39 ladies will be joining us in the Grand Coronation Night on April 30.
The list of the official candidates for 2017 was posted on the Bb. Pilipinas website earlier this month. Forty headshots and profiles were created for each of the candidates and fan pages emerged thereafter. In the pageant’s first press release held last week, March 22, media representatives and fans noticed that the line-up was missing one candidate.
Where is #Binibini36?
When the news of a missing candidate first broke out in public, that contestant’s profile and records were deleted in all of Bb. Pilipinas publications beforehand. Hence, there was no name to reveal in news reports and social media discussions. Since the pageant is a big event in the country and Filipinos are known to be strong pageant enthusiasts, fans were able to recognize that candidate #36 Mae Lanie Chan was no longer part of the roster.
No announcement from BCPI was made regarding the reason for one candidate withdrawal from the competition. Reports heavily circulating online that Chan has been eliminated are only allegations from some members of the online press and the pageant’s aficionados. The claims were based on Chan’s recent Facebook upload of a revealing profile photo. A similar case of disqualification occurred from Bb. Pilipinas last year.
During the press release, Rappler was able to interview Madam Stella Araneta if there is going to be a replacement to complete the pageant’s “Magic 40.” The BCPI President only said that matters will need to be sorted out by the executive committee. Until then, there is no confirmation whether they will look for a replacement or Bb. Pilipinas will hold its pageant this year with only 39 candidates.
Top 10 Evening Gowns of Bb Pilipinas 2017
10. Nelda Ibe, Contestant #18
Nelda Ibe competes in the Bb Pilipinas 2017 Evening Gown Competition. Photo: Bb Pilipinas Facebook Page
This is a great example of using details in a dress to slim the body. The hundreds of sequined lines all lead to the center, drawing her waistline in and accentuating her already beautiful hourglass figure. The sheer fabric was light and airy on stage. A deep vee also added height to her already tall frame, further accentuating the hourglass shape.
The side part wave added another element of sexiness to her look. It gave her a Jessica Rabbit inspired vibe. The small earrings complemented the detail in the gown without overpowering it. (Read: How To Pick The Best Earrings For Evening Gown
Red is always a strong statement color. It makes an impact. However, it is becoming a common color, so contestants have to find a way to make their red gowns stand out.
Considering Nelda walked away with the title of Bb Pilipinas Globe 2017, you can safely say this gown was a hit with the judges.
9. Juliana Kapeundl, Contestant #28
Juliana Kapeundl competes in the Bb Pilipinas 2017 Evening Gown Competition. Photo: Bb Pilipinas Facebook Page
She looks like a life-sized Barbie! The structure and fit of the gown are immaculate. Instead of sequins, she used a ton of small structural details to make the white gown stand out.
White can be a tricky color to wear since it can come off as bridal. She avoids that with the form-fitting structure of the gown. This look is powerful and strong. (Read: How to Win in a White Gown
The pin-straight hair channels Miss Thailand's look from the 2016 Miss Universe Pageant. Paired with the bright red lip, it adds just enough sexiness and femininity. The look landed her in the Top 25.
8. Larah Grace Lacap, Contestant #16
Larah Grace Lacap competes in the Bb Pilipinas 2017 Evening Gown Competition. Photo: Bb Pilipinas Facebook Page.
Larah was absolutely adorable on stage! How a contestant presents herself in evening gown is just as important as the right dress. Her walk was bubbly and full of energy. Her infectious smile lit up the room and you could tell she felt beautiful.
The thousands of sequins captured the light on stage. The intricate detailing of the bodice draws the eye up and added curves to the bust line, giving her athletic frame more curves.
She channeled Miss Philippines 2015 and later Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach by pulling all of her hair back into a bun. (Pia was hosting the show!) This allowed her face to shine and compliment, not compete, with the dress. The look helped her secure a spot in the Top 15.
7. Dane Felisse Marasigan, Contestant #1
Dane Felisse Marasigan competes in the Bb Pilipinas 2017 Evening Gown Competition. Photo: Bb Pilipinas Facebook Page.
Yellow is a hard color to pull off. However, Dane's golden skin tone and dark hair make the color pop. The small earrings played off the sparkle of the gown without overpowering the look. Natural, earth-toned makeup also helped pull the look together. (Read: How to Choose the Right Yellow Evening Gown
Structure was a huge trend on stage, and this gown had some of my favorite details. The 3D design on the bust line adds curves and keeps the attention on her face. The attached train with a structured bow also adds curves to her hips giving her the illusion of an hourglass figure.
She paid attention to every detail down to the custom shoes. They match the hemline detail and color of the gown. Dane was the first contestant, so she had to make a statement to be remembered after the judges saw 39 more contestants. Considering she nabbed a Top 25 placement, she did just that.
6. Vanessa Saliba, Contestant #9
Vanessa Saliba competes in the Bb Pilipinas 2017 Evening Gown Competition. Photo: Bb Pilipinas Facebook Page
Jewel tones are universally flattering colors and they pop on stage. Vanessa had one of the few green evening gowns, so she automatically stood out. The off-the-shoulder neckline highlights her beautifully toned shoulders and face. The flowing train helped her glide across the stage.
The gown fits her like a glove. The small embroidery adds just enough detail to the gown with a subtle sparkle to catch the light. Simple teardrop earrings elongate her round face. The half-up, half-down hairstyle adds a sweetness to the sexy fit of the gown.
The breathtaking look landed her in the Top 25. (Read: The Secret to Styling a Green Pageant Gown
5. Rachel Louise Peters, Contestant #19
Rachel Louise Peters competes in the Bb Pilipinas 2017 Evening Gown Competition. Photo: Bb Pilipinas Facebook Page
Talk about a bombshell. This fiery red dress was gorgeous on stage. The light, airy chiffon and beachy waves oozed confidence, sass and sexiness as she pranced around the stage.
The va-va-voom of the high slit is toned down just enough with an illusion neckline. The neckline had a subtle sparkle to capture the eye and bring it back up to her face. Instead of jewelry, she went with a strappy, golden heel to accessorize the look.
Her warm smile and walk made her a favorite among the crowd and the judges. She was crowned with the top title of Bb Pilipinas Universe 2017 and will go on the represent her home country at the 2017 Miss Universe Competition. (Read: How to Find Your Dream Gown Within Your Budget
4. Jennyline Carla Malpaya, Contestant #7
Jennyline Carla Malpaya competes in the Bb Pilipinas 2017 Evening Gown Competition. Photo: Bb Pilipinas Facebook Page.
She took a big risk with this gown. There is a lot to look at between the color and detailing. However, I think it paid off!
The color was unlike any other gown. I am not sure if it is yellow or lime green. Either way, it popped when paired with her olive skin tone and chocolate hair.
I love all the detailing down the front of the gown. It made her already tall frame that much taller and the fit was perfect. The detailing follows the lines of her body, slimming her already tiny frame.
She channeled Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant with the cap sleeved cape. Minimal jewelry and nude shoes completed the look, landing her in the Top 25.
3. Sirene Sutton, Contestant #13
Sirene Sutton competes in the Bb Pilipinas 2017 Evening Gown Competition. Photo: Bb Pilipinas Facebook Page.
Another bombshell look from the evening. The high slit and flowing chiffon, like Rachel's gown, drip sexiness. She used a halter neckline to bring the attention to her face and balance out the high slit.
The jewel tone, again, is ultra flattering to her paler complexion. The metallic fabric looks incredible under the lights. The ruching on the bust and waist give her a beautiful hourglass figure. (Read: How to Create an Hourglass Figure in Evening Gown
She completed the look with nude shoes and statement earrings to add just enough sparkle. The look helped her walk away with a Top 15 placement.
2. Charmaine Elima, Contestant #32
Charmaine Elima competes in the Bb Pilipinas 2017 Evening Gown Competition. Photo: Bb Pilipinas Facebook Page.
The cut of this gown is amazing. The one-sleeve trend has not been as popular lately, so it was great to see a modern version return to the stage. The drama created by the cutout of the sleeve to make it a train with the bareness of the other side adds visual detailing that keeps your eye on her face.
The beaded belt cinches her in at the waist and accentuates her curves. The vertical sequins add height while glistening under the stage lights. The silver color is regal on this Pia lookalike.
The simple waves add style while giving off 50s glamour. Simple stud earrings let the sparkle of the gown stand out on stage. The goddess-inspired look helped her walk away as 1st Runner-up.
1. Katarina Sonja Rodriguez, Contestant #31
Katarina Sonja Rodriguez competes in the Bb Pilipinas 2017 Evening Gown Competition. Photo: Bb Pilipinas Facebook Page.
Absolutely stunning. This gown was unlike anything else of the night. The aqua color is perfect for her gold skin while the mermaid cut flatters every curve of her body.
I am in absolute love with the detailing in the skirt. The ombre color palette makes each crease visible on stage for the judges to admire. The simple shimmer catches the light and highlights the detailings. A simple bodice balances out the busy skirt.
This gown is a work of art. It was perfect and helped Katarina walk away with the title of Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017.