Maria Gail Tobes, a licensed veterinarian and also a former Binibining Pilipinas contestant has won the title as Miss Manila 2017 in last night's ceremony, June 24 held at the PICC plenary Hall.
Tobes is a 22-year old beauty queen from Northern Samar. She won a total of 500,000 pesos in cash and a management contract. She will also be the city's ambassador.
During the final question and answer portion, Tobes was asked what she thinks is the biggest problem the Manila youth is currently facing.
Her answer was: "I think the biggest problem that we are facing today, not only the youth but also the city and the community is the 'ethical' misunderstanding.
"We are from different religions raised by different families, and we have different views. We just need to respect each other so that we could all live together."
In second place is Francesca Camargo, Diana Mackey won third place, and Sofia Sibug and Naelah Alshorbaji Almazik came in fourth and fifth respectively.
The pageant last night was star-studded, graced by Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach and Nadine Lustre as judges. Yassi Pressman was the host along with Edu Manzano. There were also performances from Sarah Geronimo, James Reid, and plenty others.