Puspusan na ngayon ang paghahanda ni 2017 Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters para sa nalalapit na 66th Edition ng Miss Universe pageant sa Las Vegas, USA.
Kasabay ng kaliwa't kanang training ni Rachel ang mainit na suporta ng mga former Miss Universe Philippines candidates gaya nina 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach at 2016 Miss Universe finalist Maxine Medina.
Sa naging one-on-one interview na ito ng PUSH kay Rachel, ibinahagi ng Pinay beauty queen ang mga tips and advice na nakuha niya mula sa mga former Miss Universe finalists.
Kuwento ni Rachel na sa pag-uusap nila ni Pia ay nabigyan siya nito ng lakas ng loob sa kanyang magiging laban.
"She's Pia Wurtzbach, so I get whatever advice I can get from her. I send her a message once, like out of the blue, thinking she might not reply. I said, 'You know I'm getting really nervous, I'm not really sure what I should really focusing on like this far out this pageant.' So I said, 'What do you do, what you were doing three months before the pageant?'” kuwento ni Rachel.
"She replied, 'You just have to enjoy the journey, and when you get there, just have fun.' And she also said to me, 'If you don't enjoy it and you're stressed all the time you will regret it.' So that's the most important advice she gave me," dagdag pa niya.
Bukod kay Pia, naging inspirasyon din ni Rachel si Maxine Medina na nanatiling matatag sa kabila ng mga bashing noong panahon ng 65th Miss Universe pageant na ginanap noon sa Pilipinas.
"Si Maxine, yun din to have fun and try not to let the bashers affect you. Kasi alam naman natin na si Maxine really had a difficult time with the bashers and seeing her come out of it as a better person is inspiring to me and when I went through to my time of super bashing, I remembered Maxine, and I will remember that advice she gave," kuwento ni Rachel.
Dahil all eyes ngayon ang mga pageant fans sa journey ni Rachel, aminado siya na favorite din siya ngayon ng mga bashers. Umamin din si Rachel na minsan ay napapatulan niya ang mga ito.
"Noong una, I fight back. Actually minsan I still fight back kasi ng sarap ng feeling e, you know when someone is saying so much bad stuff to you, it's so hard to say nothing and I know naman na that's the only thing to do. But it's also your protecting yourself and your family, the moment anything they say about my family, my boyfriend, you're screwed, because I will fight back and I will not stop until I win," pahayag pa nito.
Pinaghahandaan din ni Rachel ang sa tingin niya na malalakas na kandidata na kanyang makakalaban.
"I think some of the strong contenders are Thailand, South Africa, and of course Colombia and Venezuela kasi sobrang dami din ng trainings nila. However you cannot really say who are they kasi you can edit pictures, you can fake it until you make it. But at the end of the day if they want you in person they will be the one to say if you're genuine or not and I think it really plays a really big role in the pageant," pagtatapos na pahayag ni Rachel.
Mapapanuod ang live telecast ng 66th Miss Universe coronation night sa darating na November 27 (Manila Time) sa ABS-CBN.