Aside from its earth-friendly causes, Miss Philippines Earth also recognizes Filipino communities overseas, with candidates representing them year after year.
Jennifer Hunt (Fil-Gold Coast, Australia), 25, is taking up a master’s degree in international and community development. Melanie Cristine Balagtas (Fil-Sydney, Australia) considers winning the Miss Philippines Australia 2013 title as her most memorable moment. Carmen Baena (Fil-Melbourne, Australia), 20, won Miss Air in Miss Philippines USA Earth pageant last year. Ashlejane Alcancia (Fil-Brussels, Belgium), 18, is an education student. Rizza-Belen Diaz (Fil-San Francisco, USA), 25, is an animal science graduate. Meanwhile, 20-year-old Leslie Ann Pine (San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija) left Santa Monica, California to study in Manila. She was a Miss Philippines USA 2013 candidate.
Who will be representing the country in the prestigious Miss Earth beauty pageant later this year? We will all find out at Miss Philippines Earth 2014 pageant night on May 11 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
This article also appeared on Rappler.