In just a few weeks, the Philippines will be hosting the Miss Universe 2016 pageant – one of the most known prestigious competitions in the univ—err, world; and undoubtedly, the country is a strong contender thanks to the Filipina’s beauty, grace, and intelligence.

If you can recall, our local beauties have taken home the crown three times: first by Gloria Diaz in 1969, followed by Margie Moran in 1973, and of course, most recently, by Pia Wurtzbach in 2015. Now, we’re once again eyeing the title as we root for 26-year-old Maxine Medina from Quezon City.

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Below, moments the brunette beauty has proven that you don’t have to be the ultimate winner to act like a queen:

1. Here's Maxine looking radiant in white.

2. She sure knows how to work her angles!

You earn your trophies at practice. You just pick them up when the day comes. @abtkurniawan ???? #missuniversephilippines2016

A photo posted by Maria Mika Maxine Medina (@maxine_medina) on

3. Here she is exploring the homeland.

When you get to do the things you love while you're on the job. #missuniverse #missuniversphilippines2016 #missuniverse2016 #Philipines

A photo posted by Maria Mika Maxine Medina (@maxine_medina) on

Look at her perfect sun-kissed skin! 

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I am really enjoying my #Philippines #MissUniverse2016 ???????? #siargao

A photo posted by Maria Mika Maxine Medina (@maxine_medina) on

4. The way she walks shows that the world is her runway.

Morning walk in tokyo. #jewelmerJapan ????

A photo posted by Maria Mika Maxine Medina (@maxine_medina) on

5. She proves you don't need to show too much skin to be sexy.

Christmas is coming! I can feel it with that tree behind me. ????#jewelmerjapan styled by @penelopeuy

A photo posted by Maria Mika Maxine Medina (@maxine_medina) on

6. She can make a casual outfit look super chic! 

Can't wait for another adventure! #jewelmerjapan  Thank you so much @pseconsana for my @urbanluggage

A photo posted by Maria Mika Maxine Medina (@maxine_medina) on

7. She can get down and dirty – because beauty queens need adventure, too!

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