Bb Pilipinas alumna Angelia Gabrena Ong bagged the Miss Philippines Earth 2015 title Sunday night, May 31st at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, besting 37 other candidates from the different parts of the country for the right to wear the new crown.
San Antonio, Nueva Ecija’s Chanel Olive Thomas was named Miss Philippines-Air; Bago City’s Catherine Joy Marin was Miss Philippines-Water; Siniloan, Laguna’s Carla Angela Valderrama was awarded Miss Philippines-Water; and Iloilo City’s Jona Sweett was Miss Philippines-Eco-Tourism.
The Top 10 finalists were: Cabanatuan City’s Diana Mackey, Guinobatan, Albay’s Jian Cayla Salazar, Lipa City’s Paris Silva; Santa Cruz, Laguna’s Alyanna Mikaela Cagandahan; and Misamis Oriental’s Mitsume Aguilar.
The rest of the Top 15 included the representatives from Baguio City (Sofia Loren Deliu); Dinalupihan, Bataan (Myle Alexis Reyes); Mandaue City (Mhon Theress Menaling); Cagayan de Oro City’s (Beatrice Alvarez) and Iligan City (Jocehl Cristoria).
Ong was an official candidate of Bb Pilipinas in 2011. She didn’t make it to the Top 15 but received the Face of Bb Pilipinas special award. The 2011 batch prides itself of producing a number of national (and international) titleholders, including three Miss Universe Philippines (Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon and Mary Jean Lastimosa), a Miss World Philippines (Queenierich Rehman), a Miss Tourism International (Angeli Dione Gomez) and most recently a Miss Philippines Earth (Ong).
Showcase of national costumes, new crowns
The pageant night saw a grand showcase of traditional Philippine costumes designed by some of the country;s talented designers, with Lipa City’s Silva winning the Best in Cultural Costume award. It will be worn by Ong as her national costume when she competed in the Miss Earth pageant.
“The Philippines is overflowing with talented designers and it’s about time to make their creations stand out on pageant night,” said Lorraine Schuck, Carousel Productions executive vice president.
To mark Miss Philippines Earth’s 15th year, a new crown by jewelry and accessories designer Arnel Papa was unveiled. The crown’s leaf motif represents the continuous growth of Mother Earth while the swarovski and precious stone adorments symbolize the diverse ecosystem.
“Our mission has never been clearer. The pageant is here to stay and will remain focused on addressing the needs of nature,” Carousel Productions president Ramon Monzon said.
The pageant night was hosted by TV personality Robi Domingo, Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry and Miss Philippines-Air 2006 Ginger Conejero.
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