Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2021 Samantha Panlilio is off to a good start as she was one of the five candidates that had the rare opportunity to share a meal with Miss Grand International founder and president Nawat Itsaragrisil.
The dinner, held at Four Points by Sheraton Patong Beach Resort in Phuket, Thailand on Wednesday, served as a reward for the winners of the pageant's Top 5 Before Arrival round.
Aside from Panlilio, representatives from Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Guatemala also got to sit down with Itsaragrisil, as well as reigning Miss Grand International Abena Akuaba Appiah of the United States.
Prior to her Phuket departure, Panlilio implored Filipino fans to vote for her to be in the Top 5. Initially in the ninth spot, Sam climbed five spots to fourth place and clinched a place at the dinner table.