Beauty queens reveal what it takes to win the crown

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) — Although Philippine bet Rachel Peters bowed out early in the Miss Universe 2017 pageant on Monday, several personalities in the local pageant scene believe she still did well.

Speaking to CNN Philippines on Tuesday, Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco said Peters "represented the Philippines very well," while also revealing that consistency is key to winning.

"I guess, for me, it's about being consistent from start to event…You have to shine the brightest that night," Ibasco said.

Peters did not make it to the Top 5 of the pageant, with South African candidate Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters eventually going home with the Miss Universe title, and Colombia's Laura Gonzales named first runner-up.

Ibasco is the 4th Filipina to win the Miss Earth crown. She joined the recent spate of pageant title wins for the country, including Miss Globe 2017 first runner-up Nelda Ibe, Miss Grand International second runner-up Elizabeth Clenci, and Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita "Winwyn" Marquez.

Aside from Peters, the country's bets in Miss World, Laura Lehmann, and Miss International, Mariel de Leon, also failed to clinch a podium finish.

Pageant blogger and coach Norman Tinio said it may not just be the country's "destiny to make it to the top five this year."

"The judges preferred stronger girls, perhaps, to make it there. It's just that it's not our year," Tinio said.

Ibasco also said it is important to have the right mindset when competing-which should be more about helping the people than winning the pageant.

"When you compete for a pageant, it's not just about winning the crown. It's important that when you join, you have to know your purpose and your mission. You're more than what people see. There's a deeper purpose of what you can do to really help people," Ibasco said.

Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2002 Karen Agustin-Ostrea, meanwhile, said the judges really have different tastes on who will be be crowned as winners.

She added aside from the pageant competitions, candidates are also being judged at every moment, including everyday routine like eating, sleeping, and interacting with other candidates.

Agustin-Ostrea also said having a striking back story or pageant moment that grabs the judges' attention could help a candidate.

"If there's something that's absolutely striking about a candidate, it can help…It depends on the candidate's story, sometimes it actually helps," Agustin-Ostrea said.

Tinio revealed that being a pageant powerhouse, the expectation and pressure for Filipina candidates have become a lot higher since Venus Raj's Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-up win.

"You know, the Philippines has now become a spoiled pageant nation. Filipinos want to win all the time, and we cannot win all the time…However well-prepared our beauty queens are, their respective destinies will show in the long run," Tinio said.