Ni: Throy Catan
MORE than 50 delegates compete for the crown, but only one got the top spot, and that’s Miss Philippines, Karen Ibasco. The coronation night held at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night, November, 4.
Karen Ibasco is an 26-year-old licensed physicist and university instructor from Manila. Her advocacy is conserving energy and embracing renewable and sustainable sources of it.
On the last Q&A portion, four finalists were asked the question: “Who or what do you think is the biggest enemy of Mother Earth and why?”
This is Karen’s answer: “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. Thank you.”
Other delegates who got the “elemental titles” are 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.