Brazil bet wins Miss Asia Pacific International 2017; PH is 4th runner-up

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2017 01:17 AM | Updated as of Nov 30 2017 03:50 AM

Brazil's Francielly Ouriques was crowned Miss Asia Pacific International 2017, while the Philippines' Ilene de Vera finished fourth runner-up. Also in photo are first runner-up Acacia Walker of New Zealand, second runner-up Valeria Cardona of Honduras, and third runner-up Morgan Doelwijt of the Netherlands. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Brazil's Francielly Ouriques was crowned Miss Asia Pacific International 2017, while the Philippines' Ilene de Vera finished fourth runner-up in a pageant held at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on Wednesday night. 

De Vera, a model from Cebu, was in the top five led by Ouriques, along with first runner-up Acacia Walker of New Zealand, and second runner-up Valeria Cardona of Honduras. 

De Vera was gunning to become the fifth Filipina to win the title, following Ma. Del Carmen Ines Zaragoza (1982), Gloria Dimayacyac (1983), Lorna Legaspi (1989), and Michelle Aldana (1993). 

The other candidate in the top five of this year's edition was Netherlands's Morgan Doelwijt. 

In the final interview round, Ouriques was asked if the pageant's advocacy of promoting fostering love, appreciation, and unity in diversity is relevant in this day and age. 

"I believe that we are all equal before God and all of us should be able to spread love, and spread good things among everybody," she answered through a translator. 

"Respect, unity, and love are principles that my parents thought me and that everybody should foster that," she added. 

Formerly Miss Asia Quest, the Manila-based Miss Asia Pacific International aims to promote Philippine tourism overseas. 

Below is the video of the whole pageant: