LAS VEGAS — Thousands of fans filled the Axis Theater of Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on Sunday, with Filipinos in the audience in full support for Miss Philippines, Rachel Peters.
Many Pinoy pageant fans watching Miss Universe live disagreed with the judges scoring that ended Miss Philippines’ run in the top 10.
They question why Peters — who many say was a strong contender in the competition — did not make it to the top 5 finalists.
“I just really think the wrong decision she should’ve been in the top 5,” said Dane Encarnacion. “If she was on the top 5 it could’ve been a whole different ball game.”
Some Pinoy fans believed that Rachel’s backstory lacked drama.
“If you recall she just said that she opened a cafe compared to South Africa that was robbed or help up, same thing with Jamaica she is into deaf community something like that she slayed the swimsuit part she slayed the long gown part,” said one fan.
Meanwhile, some say that Peters poured out her best performance.
“They say its all about the backstory but thats her life eh, hindi naman tayo puedeng mag fabricate eh binuhos po niya sa inyo ating mga kababayan,” said Peters’ trainer Rogil Flores.
“Nothing went wrong she gave out her 100 percent so you know everyone is deserving of the crown, they’re all so powerful.”
As the most coveted Miss Universe title goes up for grabs, judges say that what they’re looking for in a contestant is the total package of beauty intelligence and a heart of gold.
South Africa’s Demi Leigh Nel Peters grabbed this year’s crown, while Colombia placed first runner-up, and Miss Jamaica came 3rd.
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach made a return to the competition, but this time, joining the judges on the other side of the table.
“Being a judge is more difficult than being a title holder ang hirap,” Wurtzbach said.
“They really want us to be truly impartial right, when it comes down to the competition, and listen to what this young women have to say which is one of the things I’m most focus on,” said Jay Manuel, a Miss Universe judge.
Meanwhile, Rachel’s parents were proud of their daughter’s accomplishments, that she has come a long way.
“I’m very proud of her,” said her mother Annie.
Although she didn’t win the Miss Universe crown, the Peters family say that what is important is to show to the world that Filipina beauty will continue to be a major frontrunner in the global arena of beauty pageants.