Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters
Rachel’s very first customers
Yesterday was a special date for Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters since it was the soft opening of her Hideout in Siargao charmingly called “Bake by Hideout” (a business partnership with boyfriend Migz Villafuerte). It is a very cozy place where guests can have a good cup of brewed coffee or latté along with a choice of one of the premium pastries she herself baked. As you can see in the photos below, the interiors are very welcoming the minute you enter. It’s like being in your own living room with friends and enjoying light – albeit animated – talks.
From this point onwards, Bake by Hideout will be a permanent fixture in the surfing paradise. So when you fancy a visit to Siargao or are planning to have a vacation there soon, don’t forget to drop by. Who knows, Rachel might be the barista in duty and prepare orders herself. 😉
Rachel Peters and her bar/coffee shop will soon rise in Siargao
If you happen to be in Siargao and chance upon a tall, beautiful lady who looks just like Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters, consider yourself lucky because that would be one of the rare occasions that she got a brief respite from beauty queen duties at BPCI.
You see, prior to winning the national crown, Rachel was already busy with the planned opening of her bar/coffee shop in surfing paradise Siargao. This is a hideout of sorts from the stress of urban jungle living which she has delightfully called “Bake”. And since I have known fully well how much she loves surfing, dogs and the beach, this is pretty much the comfort zone of a business that she has been involved in with boyfriend Migz Villafuerte.
Schedules have definitely moved after winning Bb. Pilipinas. But Rachel will find the time to attend to “Bake”, even if it means just stealing brief moments (read: a day or two) from the hectic schedule in Manila.
So if you plan to surf in Siargao in a next vacation, make sure you time it during or around the opening of “Bake” so you will see Rachel in action as a barista (she trained in Australia before) or serving yummy pastries with a cup of cappucino or latte’.
When I was formally invited to sit as one of the judges during last night’s finals of Miss Ilocos Norte 2017, I took it as a welcome opportunity to spend quality time with the Chairman of the Board – Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters. While the schedule from Manila-to-Pagudpud-to Manila-to-Sariaya-to-Manila-to-Laoag was such a whirlwind travel from May 12-17, I didn’t mind the hectic pace at all.
Rachel and I were on the same PAL flight from Manila to Laoag. And right from the get-go, we started talking to each other, asking questions about anything pageant or non-pageant related. And before both of us knew it, we started getting more relaxed and less formal.
You all know that Rachel’s advocacy is to celebrate the individuality of everyone, and winning the Miss Universe Philippines crown made it more meaningful. She now has a platform by which she can further her cause and where her voice can be heard by many. She does not have plans of making any kind of earthshaking moves just yet. But now that the responsibility of being the Bb. Pilipinas 2017 top winner has beautifully sunk in, she is planning her reign with such enthusiasm.
But do you know that there is a more personal reason why the crown is such a meaningful achievement for Rachel? She feels so much happiness that her entire family and that of boyfriend Migz Villafuerte are extremely proud of her victory. The support she got from both groups became a constant source of strength from the time she trained for the nationals to the day she was named a Binibini to the night she was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2017 and up to now.
I can now safely say that I have experienced a side of Rachel Peters not many individuals get the chance to see. She is such a thoughtful soul who cares for her friends like family. And she mixes it up with everyone very easily. I can remember the time late last night when she returned to the van after the finish of Miss Ilocos Norte. Fans swarmed around the vehicle but couldn’t get the chance to have a photo opportunity. She immediately stepped out and joined the crowds. And that made everyone happy.
I may have spent just 37 hours with Rachel but that length of time was enough to give me a better assessment of the beauty queen behind the camera flashes and klieg lights. I may not be able to share with you every single personal detail I have learned about her, but you will appreciate her even more as she prepares to train for the 66th Miss Universe. Yes, even if there is still no clarity on when and where it will happen next. 🙂
Despite living apart, Rachel still puts her family on top of everything
During a TV interview of Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters, she stressed the importance of family, that’s why her victory during the finals last Sunday night was made even more special by the presence and moral support of her father Nigel, mother Annie and younger brother Daniel. We all know by now that her parents are residing in Thailand so they don’t get to see each other often. Being together as one must have really strengthened and motivated her to go all out for the big crown.
Watch her interview with Pinky Webb on CNN Philippines’ The Source now.
courtesy of Random Videos 1986
Rachel with her boyfriend CamSur Governor Migz Villafuerte
Next to family, we also know that Rachel takes a lot of inspiration from boyfriend Migz Villafuerte who is currently Governor of Camarines Sur. The couple is going strong with their relationship, and the latter always makes sure that he is around whenever his presence is required.
So going back to the interview above, share your thoughts about Rachel’s way of expressing herself more spontaneously. 🙂