Cebuana Nicole Borromeo is now the new Binibining Pilipinas International 2022.

The beauty queen, who was crowned during the live coronation at the Araneta Coliseum on 31 July, bested 39 contenders to now succeed last year’s titleholder, Hannah Arnold.

Expressing her elation about her win on Instagram Story, Nicole gushed, “Lord, this doesn’t feel real. I have been too blessed.”

“I have the best people that have surrounded me through the darkest days. Please give me time to thank all of you,” she added.

Nicole won the hearts of many with her stellar Q&A answer, when asked to rate herself on a scale of 1 to 10 as a responsible Filipino citizen, saying, “As a responsible Filipino citizen, I’d like to give myself a good 8, because I know there’s always room to improve; there’s so much I don’t know, but there’s so much I’m willing to learn. I hope to do that with you.”

Though she has won the title this year, the upcoming Miss International pageant to be held in December will have Hannah Arnold representing the country instead, as it was previously delayed due to the pandemic. Nicole will be competing for next year’s pageant.

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2021 reigning queen Binibining Pilipinas Miss International, Hannah Arnold will be representing the Philippines at Miss International pageant this December

(Photo Source: Binibining Pilipinas Instagram)