Miss Universe PH 2017 Rachel Peters: It was an honor to represent the 'most amazing country'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) — Miss Universe-Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters is thankful for the opportunity to represent the country, even if she failed to bring home the crown.

"Without a doubt my greatest achievement to date! To be the 66th Filipina to stand on the Miss Universe stage with the most beautiful girls in the world, and to represent the most amazing country — Ang mahal kong Pilipinas!" she said in an Instagram post on Tuesday, a day after the 66th Miss Universe coronation in Las Vegas.

Peters, who competed with 91 contestants from around the world, said she is ready to take on other challenges.

"I promise I gave my all but I've always been a believer in fate, destiny and God's perfect timing so I'm thankful for the opportunity and the memories, but I am so looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me," she added.

Without a doubt my greatest achievement to date!! To be the 66th Filipina to stand on the Miss Universe stage with the most beautiful girls in the world, and to represent the most amazing country- Ang mahal kong Pilipinas! Thank you so much to everyone who was part of this journey, i am SO lucky to have every single one of you in my life. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine I would be brave enough to do something like this, but you all are the reason I got to where I am. I'm still so overwhelmed by all the love I promise I gave my all but I've always been a believer in fate, destiny and God's perfect timing so I'm thankful for the opportunity and the memories, but I am so looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me, and to come home to the Philippines. First thing on the agenda-Sinigang!!!

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Peters made it to the Top 16 as a wildcard candidate, and advanced into the Top 10. She, however, failed to get a spot in the Top 5.

South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe 2017.

The 26-year-old Filipino-British model thanked all those who supported her during her journey to the crown.

"I am so lucky to have every single one of you in my life. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine I would be brave enough to do something like this, but you all are the reason I got to where I am. I'm still so overwhelmed by all the love," she said.

After months of training and the events leading up to the coronation day, Peters can't wait to come home and enjoy a favorite Filipino food.

"First thing on the agenda - Sinigang!!!" she said, referring to the sour soup native to the Philippines.