Philippines' Parul Shah takes 3rd runner-up in Miss Grand International 2015
( - October 25, 2015 - 10:45am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines' Parul Shah was named third runner-up at the Miss Grand International 2015 pageant Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday night. 
Binibining Pilipinas, which sent Shah to compete in the pageant, congratulated the 26-year-old beauty queen in its official Facebook page.
Shah also won the Best in National Costume award of the pageant.
"Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah is the 3rd runner up and the winner of the Best in National Costume award in Miss Grand International 2015 Pageant in Bangkok, Thailand participated by over 100 candidates all over the world. BPCI is proud of this achievement and would like to thank everyone who helped Parul in this amazing journey," Bb. Pilipinas said in a statement.
Anea Garcia of Dominican Republic bagged the Miss Grand International 2015 title. 
Here is the list of winners:
Miss Grand International 2015: Anea Garcia, Dominican Republic
1st runner-up: Claire Parker, Australua
2nd runner-up: Vartika Singh, India
3rd runner-up: Parul Shah, Philippines
4th runner-up: Rattikorn Kunsom, Thailand
For the pageant's question and answer portion, the five finalists were asked who is the most influential person in their lives.
Shah answered: "The most influential person in my life would be my father. I do believe that peace starts at home. I was born by a Filipina mother who is Christian and an Indian father who is Hindu, in a country that is govern by Muslims. And I do believe that we could co-exist together if there is understanding, and when there is no power struggle and no one tries to be above another. I've learned this from my father, he thought me that with having humility and respect, peace can ultimately be achieved."
Shah won the Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism title in 2014 but was not able to compete in an international beauty pageant during her reign.
In August, it was announced that she would be sent to the Miss Grand International pageant.
Her top five placement in the Miss Grand International 2015 gives the Philippines' a streak of good placement in international beauty pageants this year. Earlier this month, Ann Colis won the Miss Globe 2015 title in Canada.
Janicel Lubina is set to compete in the Miss International 2015 in Japan in November. - Chuck Smith

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