When Chanel Olive Thomas won Miss Philippines Air back in 2015, becoming a Binibining Pilipinas was still farthest from her mind. She knew the strict residency requirements of BPCI and if she really wanted to, she needed to “Filipinize” her Aussie way of life such that she made the firm resolve to stay put in the country and call the Philippines her home. And so, here she is now, your Binibini 22 for Bb. Pilipinas 2017.
Here is how Olive sums herself up in a nutshell:
“Hi everyone, my name is Chanel Olive Villamator Thomas. I am a very proud Filipino/Australian. I grew up in Australia but three years ago I moved home to The Philippines. It has the been the best decision that I have ever made.
My vision and purpose for joining Binibini is because I want to use this as a platform to use my voice and my experiences to inspire and empower young girls and women to whole heartedly believe in themselves and to follow their dreams.
I feel very blessed to have been chosen as an official candidate. It is an amazing opportunity and I am giving it my 100%.”
Here is a quick video of Olive during the Aces & Queens Presentation Show last month.
courtesy of Roger Berioso for OPMB Worldwide
Chanel could be considered a strong dark horse for this year’s nationals. She is tall, beautiful and eloquent. At the age of 26, her chances may have already been narrowed down to just a few titles at stake. But still, she will fight to take home a crown late next month.