Following controversy and the eventual resignation of her predecessor, 2nd Runner-Up Loren Mar Artajos has replaced Imelda Schweighart as Miss Philippines Earth.
Loren is a nursing graduate who represented Laoag City during the June pageant, where she won the Water title.
If you were wondering, Miss Philippines Earth 1st Runner-Up Kiara Giel Gregorio was first asked to fill in the said title, but she declined the offer citing her studies abroad.
The whole change of Philippine pageant representatives happened after Schweighart relinquished her crown last week.
Her resignation came after two scandals rocked her reign, including a video in which she apparently dissed Miss Earth 2016 Katherine Espin of Ecuador, and another wherein she was quoted saying President Rodrigo Duterte was doing Adolf Hitler stuff in the Philippines.
Schweighart also didn’t make it to Miss Earth 2016’s Top 16 cut. And although we didn’t win this year’s edition, the Philippines is still the country with the most wins in the annual beauty pageant.
Below are 3 other Miss Earth beauty queens who brought pride to the PH:
Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry
Karla is a Filipino-Canadian who became the first representative from the Philippines (and Asia as a whole) to have won the title.
She got top marks, which led to her victory after her answer during the Q&A portion. She was asked what she would tell newly elected US President Barack Obama about the state of our global environment.
“I would encourage him to implement environmental knowledge in the curriculum of all school whether in the United States or in the Philippines. Environmental knowledge is something that all of us must share. But most importantly we must teach the youth for this is something that we should instill in them so that in the near future, they will be the ones to take care of our mother earth. I firmly believe in the saying that the children, definitely are our future.”
Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herell
Jamie kept the Philippines in the beauty pageant scene in 2014 by bagging the crown as the second Filipina to win it.
She answered the Q&A quite well when asked how she would slow down or reverse the effects of global warming, which wowed judges and led to her coronation.
“Global warming has been known for being a very long overdue issue. That is why if I am crowned tonight, I will use my title to inspire others to help our environment and we start with the kids. Because the kids are the people of tomorrow, and if we teach them they will also help the community. And that’s what I will do if I’m crowned Miss Earth tonight.”
Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong
Angelia set a record by winning the first-ever consecutive title for a country in the Miss Earth pageant history in 2015.
In December of the same year, Angelia campaigned with the Ecowaste Coalition to urge the public to veer away from the traditional use of toxic and dangerous firecrackers during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
She also visited various countries all over the world like China, Colombia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the United States and Vietnam to promote the protection of our environment.