13 Jul – Fil-Aussie beauty Hannah Arnold has recently been crowned the new Binibining Pilipinas.
The Masbate native recently took to social media to express her thoughts about winning the crown, writing, "I am beyond grateful for this blessing and am still lost for words right now. I offer this to my guardian angels - Nan, Pop, Lola and Mama Sharon who believed in me and my dreams. I know they were watching from above and guiding my every step last night."
"I am Hannah Consencino Arnold, your Binibining Pilipinas International 2021," she added.
The 24 year-old is a sleep scientist and a professional model outside of pageantry.
During the Q&A segment, Hannah gave a winning answer when asked if she believes that genuine freedom of speech exists in the Philippines, replying, "Freedom of speech is a basic human right that we all must remember and it is important for democracy and with the upcoming elections, we definitely need free speech. On Twitter, we are limited to a few characters and what I've seen from these tweets have been powerful and helped me think of who I would like to vote for in the upcoming elections."
It is noted that this is not the first time that she has competed at the Binibining Pilipinas, having done so back in 2019 when she finished as a top 15 finalist.
Hannah will be representing the Philippines in the upcoming Miss International pageant, which the country has won six times already. The last beauty queen to win the said crown was Kylie Versoza in 2016.
On the other hand, other winners are as follows:
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International - Samantha Alexandra Panlilio (Cavite)
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental - Cinderella Faye Obeñita (Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental)
Bb. Pilipinas Globe - Maureen Ann Montagne (Batangas)
1st runner-up - Gabrielle Camille Basiano (Borongan, Eastern Samar)
2nd runner-up - Meiji Cruz (Valenzuela)