Maxine Medina crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2016

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Maria Mika Maxine Medina is Miss Universe Philippines 2016!

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach passed the Bb Pilipinas crown on to Maxine at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, April 17.

 

Maxine, 25, is a graduate of the Philippine School of Interior Design with experience in designing residential condominiums. She is also a model.

She has big shoes to fill, as many Filipino fans are hoping for a back-to-back win at the international Miss Universe pageant this year.

Aside from Miss Universe Philippines, 5 other Bb Pilipinas contestants were crowned on Sunday.

The full list: 

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

 

The reigning queens, Janicel Lubina, Rogelie Catacutan, Christi Lynn McGarry, and Ann Lorraine Colis, passed their crowns on to this year's winners. 

On Monday, April 18, Maxine posted a message for those who supported her during her pageant journey.

"First of all I would want to thank God for giving me an opportunity to experience this wonderful journey. I’m proud that I was able to reach at this point because I wanted to do something not only for myself but for my country as well. It was not in my wildest dream that i would be able to become a beauty queen knowing that it's only my first time to join a prestigious pageant such as Binibining Pilipinas. Indeed, I was so nervous last night being in front of thousands of people. It was not that easy to stand and carry yourself but with the help and guidance of the lord I was able to overcome my fear.

 

"Thank you to my family and friends for being the best FAN ever! Also, thank you to my mentors ACES & QEENS for believing in me and supporting me all through out my journey to the crown. To MAXINATICS THANK YOU SO MUCH! Rest assured that I will do my best to improve more and to be the pride of my country. Hopefully a back to back win with the reigning Miss Universe @piawurtzbach with the help of the Lord. #binibiningpilipinas2016 #maxinatics #missuniverse2016"

First of all I would want to thank God for giving me an opportunity to experience this wonderful journey. I’m proud that I was able to reach at this point because I wanted to do something not only for myself but for my country as well. It was not in my wildest dream that i would be able to become a beauty queen knowing that it's only my first time to join a prestigious pageant such as Binibining Pilipinas. Indeed, I was so nervous last night being in front of thousands of people. It was not that easy to stand and carry yourself but with the help and guidance of the lord I was able to overcome my fear. Thank you to my family and friends for being the best FAN ever! Also, thank you to my mentors ACES & QEENS for believing in me and supporting me all through out my journey to the crown. To MAXINATICS THANK YOU SO MUCH! Rest assured that i will do my best to improve more and to be the pride of my country. Hopefully a back to back win with the reigning Miss Universe @piawurtzbach with the help of the Lord. #binibiningpilipinas2016 #maxinatics #missuniverse2016 A photo posted by Maria Mika Maxine Medina (@maxine_medina) on Apr 17, 2016 at 8:27pm PDT

 

– Rappler.com

More Binibining Pilipinas 2016 on Rappler:

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Leading up to coronation night

Get to know the ladies

Pia Wurtzbach

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