Heavy favorite Jamie Herrell of Cebu City was crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2014 at the pageant night on Sunday, winning the right to represent the country in the international Miss Earth contest.
During the question-and-answer portion, Herrell was asked by former Akbayan representative Risa Hontiveros if “we, human beings, have been good children to Mother Earth”.
The 19-year-old Cebuana replied: “In my opinion, we haven’t been good children. In fact, I believe that we are the number one cause of her problems, we are the reason why we’re having climate change, and we are the reason why we’re having floods. But in return, if we can only help her and salvage her, she will help us back and take care of us too.”
Herrell follows a three-year successful streak of the Philippines in the Miss Earth pageant. Athena Imperial and Stephany Stefanowitz both made it to the Top 4 of the international pageant in 2011 and 2012 respectively, while Angelee Delos Reyes finished in the Top 8 last year.
Completing Herrell’s elemental court are Diane Carmela Querrer of Tanauan City (Miss Philippines Air), Kimverly Covert of Dumaguete City (Miss Philippines Water), Ma Paula Bianca Paz (Miss Philippines Fire) and Monique Teruelle Manuel (Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism.
Querrer and Manuel were MPE repeaters, while Paz was named 3rd Princess in Miss World Philippines in 2011 and 2013.
Finishing in the Top 10 are: Maria Jenny Gonzalez (Cainta, Rizal), Maria Bencelle Bianzon (Duenas, Iloilo), Crystal Star Aberasturi (Liloan, Cebu), Angelie Crizelle Ocampo (Santa Rita, Pampanga) and Melanie Balagtas (Fil-Sydney, Australia).
Mary Anne Ross Misa (Makati City), Ashlejane Alcancia (Fil-Brussels, Belgium), Janelle Tee (Davao City), Sarah Theresa Stewart (Muntinlupa City) and Leslie Ann Pine (San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija).