MANILA -- As she's about to pass on the crown, Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina recalled her "best journey" representing the country in the international beauty competition.
Hours before the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 grand coronation night slated on Sunday evening, April 30, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Medina expressed her gratitude for all the blessings she received for the past year.
She said she will miss her title and will never forget the support and love she received from the Filipinos when it was her time to compete in the 65th Miss Universe pageant.
"I will always remember this day when all my fellow Filipinos support and cheer for the country. In ups and downs, the cheer I hear from you my kababayans had made me the best version of what I've showed you on that stage," Medina wrote in her official Instagram account.
The 26-year-old added that joining the pageant was a good way of showing everyone the strength and beauty of Filipinas.
She said she will treasure the memories and experience forever.
"It was indeed an amazing step to showcase the strength of us women that we can rise above everything."