Philippines’ Karen Ibasco is Miss Earth 2017

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The pageant season this year has begun and Philippines is off to a great start as Karen Ibasco wins the first crown for the country in this year’s Miss Earth.

She was in tears as the outgoing queen from Ecuador, Katherine Espin passed on to her the crown this November 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Ibasco is a licensed physicist and one of her main advocacies is conserving energy and embracing renewable and sustainable sources of it. She studied applied physics and medical physics at the University of Sto. Tomas.

During the Earth Talk movement, she was asked to discuss about biodiversity and her answer was:

“Biodiversity is very important. We are very known in the Philippines to have a lot of biodiversity and they are very important because they also balance the ecosystem. It’s very important to protect them because as we protect them, we protect the environment to help save our home, our planet, our earth to be a better place to live in.”

For the final question and answer portion, the candidates were asked, “What is the biggest enemy of Mother Earth?”

Ibasco’s winning answer in full was, “I believe that the real problem in this world is not climate change. The real problem is us because of our ignorance and apathy. What we have to do is to start changing our ways, to start recalibrating our minds and redirecting our steps because together, as a global community, our micro-efforts will have a macro-effect to help save our home, our planet.”

The other winners were Australia’s Nina Robertson as Miss Earth Air 2017, Russia’s Lada Akimova as Miss Earth Fire 2017 and Colombia’s Juliana Franco as Miss Earth Water 2017.

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