- Rachel Peters was crowned Miss Universe Philippines at the 2017 Binibining Pilipinas
- During the question-and-answer portion, she was asked about her message for the ASEAN leaders
- Her epic answer is simply inspiring and timely
Rachel Peters was crowned Miss Universe Philippines at the 2017 Binibining Pilipinas beauty contest on Sunday, April 30, at the Araneta Coliseum.
During the question-and-answer portion, European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen asked Rachel what her message for the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) leaders would be if she were invited to give a speech.
KAMI obtained a video of her winning moment from the ASEAN connection YouTube channel.
Rachel answered the question by speaking about what she perceived as the biggest problem in the Philippines nowadays.
"I believe that one of the biggest problems that our country faces 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,” she said, as quoted by Rappler.
The beauty queen added that there is a simple solution to that problem.
"And so that is something I would want to address. I believe that when people can learn to tolerate each other’s differences and respect each other's opinions, then we will be a stronger nation and world,” Rachel concluded.
The Philippines hosted the ASEAN leaders for the 30th ASEAN summit on April 29, Saturday.
On April 29, 10 ASEAN leaders, including Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, met in Manila for the 30th ASEAN Summit.
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