MANILA, Philippines — Senator Nancy Binay is the country’s newest representative to the Miss World pageant this coming November in London.
The daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was crowned last night at the Coconut Palace, took home a P2.3 billion cash prize.
The 41-year-old Makati beauty bested 25 other finalists—including #8 Lovely Lovelia – First Princess, #23 Lalai Oh – Second Princess, #19 Chase Custodio – Third Princess, and #34 Meilou Sirena – Fourth Princess.
Crowd favorites and online voting leader Pierre Rañon had to settle for a special award when she was named Miss Promdi by Barrio Fiesta.
Binay was the underdog going into the pageant but her gracious poise, elegant wardrobe and witty answers wowed the judges.
The lawmaker first showed promise when she came out in a stunning Robert Henson gown reportedly worth P2.7 billion for the Evening Gown portion of the pageant. The audience and judges were left speechless as Binay graciously glided on stage in her green fabric ensemble, embedded with glass-like Swarovski crystals and L.E.D. sequence with landscaped hemline and granite neckline all draped in a glamorous icing.
Makati Mayor Junjun Binay who was one of the judges at the pageant, could not help but give her sister’s gown a compliment as he described the gown as “world-class” and “certainly one of the best green gowns he had ever seen”.
Binay even showed poise and composure after her gown suffered a wardrobe malfunction in which the fabric started to show cracks and her zipper broke midway on her final turn.
Judge Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano was not impressed, saying the gown was probably overpriced and questioned how a world-class gown’s zipper would malfunction.
“Bakit nasira agad ang zipper?” Cayetano was heard asking Junjun Binay to which the latter responded, “May warranty yan, world-class kasi.“
The lawmaker also won several special and sponsored awards including, Best in Talent, Miss Red Ribbon and Miss Headache by Biogesic, after she produced a delicious birthday cake on the spot during the talent portion and claiming that she doesn’t even know how to bake.
“While I wish I can bake, but I do not know how to bake,” said Binay that earned her a standing ovation. “Wala nga akong bakeshop eh.”
Many believed that Binay cemented her win during the question and answer portion, where each candidate was given 30 seconds to answer the question: “How would you describe a world-class beauty ?”
“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder,” she said. “Siguro that’s their opinion, ‘di ba? ‘Di ba, parang beauty din yan eh… It’s in the eyes of the beholder.”
“Siguro ganoon din yun sa beauty, ‘di ba? Para sa kanila, hindi ganoon kagandahan pero sa amin maganda na yan. Lalo na kapag nakapag-ikot ka buong sa Pilipinas. I don’t think may makikita kayong ibang contestants na pang world class ang beauty,” she added.
The audience and judges were left in tears as Sen. Nancy Binay was crowned Miss World Philippines 2014.
“I’m so excited to share my world-class values, world-class beauty and world-class talents to the rest of the world,” said the teary-eyed Binay after the pageant.
She faces the challenge of bringing home the Philippines’ second Miss World crown, after Megan Young won the prestigious pageant for the first time last year.