The Philippines hails a new Queen as Karen Ibasco is crowned Miss Earth 2017.
The 26-year-old beauty bested 85 other candidates from all around the world during the coronation night on November 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
During the final round, Karen further impressed judges and viewers with her answer to the question: “Who or what do you think is the biggest enemy of Mother Earth and why?”
Her 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.”
She also won the Miss Earth National Costume and Best In Swimsuit awards.
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Other winners of the night included Miss Australia Nina Robertson for Miss Air 2017 and Miss Russia Leda Akimova for Miss Fire 2017.
Aside from being a beauty queen, 26-year-old Karen is also a college professor. She teaches Physics at the University of Sto. Tomas. She also graduated with a degree in Applied Physics Major in Medical Physics, Cum Laude, from that university.
One of her dreams is to become a doctor. Even without a degree in medicine, she still managed to fulfill her goal through her career as a medical physicist-slash-professor.
Before being Miss Earth 2017, Karen won 1st runner-up in the 2015 Ms. Shape PH.
Her advocacy as “Liwanag ng Kalikasan” is conservation of energy. In an interview for the website of Miss Philippines Earth, Karen shared: “As a physicist, I understand the importance of daily consumption of energy that is why my environmental advocacy is the conservation of energy and to embrace renewable and sustainable sources of energy in exchange for fossil fuel, which contributes to a huge percentage [of] global warming.”
She also believes that the Miss Earth pageant is a great platform to share what she believes in. “I could use this platform to share my voice, advocacy and to be a good example to everyone as I share and live a message of hope that we can all work together as a community to save our planet Earth.”
Karen is the fourth Filipina to be crowned Miss Earth. The past Filipina winners were Karla Henry in 2008, Jamie Herrell in 2014, and Angelia Ong in 2015.
This story originally appeared on Fhm.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.