Karen Ibasco, a University of Santo Tomas graduate and physics professor, was crowned as the new Miss Philippines Earth 2017. Loren Artajos, Miss Philippines Earth 2016, crowned her Saturday night, July 15, 2017, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Ibasco is an advocate of energy conservation and embracing renewable energy. She will be representing the Philippines in the Miss Earth international pageant in November 4, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, as well.
In the Q&A competition, a common question was asked for the Top 5 to answer: “The government’s motto is Change is Coming. What particular change in terms of environmental policies would you want to see?
As if she had already anticipated a similar question, Ibasco confidently provided a spot-on response after mentioning the policy related to sustainable and renewable energy.
She said: “In terms of environmental policies, everyone is experiencing climate change. The whole world is experiencing climate change and I’m just grateful that the Philippines signed the Paris Treaty.”
“What I want to see is to pass a carbon tax. In that way, we would invest in renewable energy to help our world be a better place, greener and habitable for the whole humanity.” she added.
Watch her Q&A moment in this vid shared by Rappler:
Miss Philippines Water Jessica Marasigan from Caloocan City said she would like Filipinos to be educated and be made aware that global warming is real and everyone must do their part to save the planet.
Heavy-favorite to win the crown, Kim de Guzman from Olongapo City finished as Miss Philippines Air. Her response revolved around her belief that “change must come from within ourselves” for people to see the change “in our lives and in our country.”
Miss Philippines Fire Nellza Bautista from Villanueva, Mizamiz Oriental said: “I want to change the discipline here in our country. I know nothing is constant in this world but change. It’s not too late for us Filipino people to change our attitude and our minds for us to help to preserve our environment for the next generation.”
Vanessa Mae Castillo from Lobo, Batangas completes the Top 5 after clinching the Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism sash.
She said: “The change that I want to see not only for our government but also for our people . . . we are already equipped with the right law. We just need to implement it and we just need to follow the rules and most importantly, keep in mind the five Rs — reduce, reuse, rethink, recycle and respect. Let us work together because it may seem difficult but it is never impossible.”
Miss Earth and Miss Philippines Earth focus on their nature protection and environmental advocacy. The pageant is based in Manila. The Philippines had won the crown thrice already – the first-ever being Karla Henry and Jamie Herrell and Angelia Ong, with their back-to-back victories in 2014 and 2015.
Ibasco is a former Binibining Pilipinas contestant, the pageant was won by Maxine Medina in 2016.
If you failed to watch the coronation night, here’s a video from Miss Philippine Earth 2017: