Newly crowned Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters couldn't help but turn emotional as she spoke up about the relentless support she received from her parents during her Binbining Pilipinas journey.
"I just want to say thank you for supporting me always," Peters said of her mother Annie and father Nigel, who flew from Australia to support her during the pageant last Sunday, in an interview with ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo.
In tears, she added: "I'm very stubborn and they had to put up with me all the time. But they've stuck by me during times when I didn't really know what was going on, what I wanted to do in life. ...They were there for me, always. So thank you."
She then quipped: "And I wish they didn't live so far away."
Both her parents replied by joking to their daughter that Australia is not "too far," and gave her a hug.
Meanwhile, Peters' brother was asked to give her a message.
"All I want to say is that I've seen the transition from when you decided to start the Binibini journey to now -- you deserve everything you get," Daniel told his sister.
"You get home after I go to bed and you wake up and leave the house before I wake up. And I try to wake up early and I try to stay up late but you're always just there working for it. So you really deserve everything you get. And I'll be right there next to you until the day you do Miss Universe, wherever it may be."
Peters will compete in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant in an attempt to become only the fourth Filipina to win the title, following Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran, and Pia Wurtzbach.