Angelia Gabrena Ong is Miss Philippines Earth 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Check out more photos from the event, taken by your blogger for Missosology:

Miss Philippines Earth 2015: The beauties of Visayas

“Powerhouse” is the best world to describe Visayas as the two Miss Earth titleholders from the Philippines came from this region.

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Visayas’ bets for Miss Philippines Earth 2015. (Photos from the MPE official FB page)

Will Visayas produce another Karla Henry and Jamie Herrell? We’ll find out during the coronation night on May 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena. For now, let’s get to know them better.

22385_902671099755432_2642041749306419598_nBadian, Cebu | Aiko Rachelle Caraan represented Talisay, Cebu in last year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant. This time, the 22-year-old sales executive wants to be the next Miss Philippines Earth “to build awareness amongst us to saving our Mother Earth”.

She cites the propagation of coconut trees as her advocacy. “I want to make worthless waste material into an innovative, biodegradable product that protects the environment, promotes plant growth and give jobs to poor families,” she writes in her profile page.

11205012_902671139755428_1651939306563453075_nBago City | Catherine Joy Marin, 19, She was a finalist in Lin-ay sang Negros 2012 and Negros Sinulog Queen 2013.Now onto a bigger pageant, the AB English student hopes “to influence other people through my advocacies”. She is supporting Bantay Katunggan (or Protecting the Nature).

10850019_909081579114384_3051964571053114921_nCalape, Bohol | Gayle Suzette Yu is 23-year-old registered nurse, but hopes to be an inspirational speaker. Joining the Miss Philippines Earth-Bohol search is what is considers the most unusual thing she has done so far. “I have discovered a lot about myself and this opened doors for me to preserve and protect Mother Earth in a larger scale,” she says.

Coming from a municipality with rich marine aquaculture, she wants to help in coastal resource management by “organizing activities such as mangrove planting, coastal clean-up and information dissemination using social media.”

11062653_902671229755419_996751318351239166_nIloilo City | Earlier this year, Fil-Australian Jona Sweett was crowned Miss Iloilo Paraw Regatta-Iloilo City 2015. This 19-year-old hotel and restaurant management student hopes to become an international flight attendant. Her advocacy is mangrove planting “to prevent storm surges and limit typhoon damages”.

11266451_909081632447712_720290690891770328_nLapu-Lapu City | Biology student Shanette Delalamon joined MPE to pursue her dream of being a beauty queen. Aside from that, the 19-year-old part-time model also aims to promote awareness and preservation of “forest and marine environment”.

11011066_902671273088748_7135349485049289089_nMandaue City | Mhon Theress Menaling is no stranger to pageants. She joined Miss Casino Filipino in 2012 and finished 4th runner-up in Miss Mandaue a year after. She was also Miss Olive-C Campus Model Visayas 2014 winner. She recently finished her BS Biology degree from Cebu Doctors’ University and hopes to become a pediatrician someday.

“I advocate the promotion of ecotourism through information campaign,” she writes in her profile page. “Informing people and teaching them on how to properly preserve and take good care of our flora, fauna, and cultural heritages is an effective tool since becoming an earth warrior also means being the voice for Mother Earth,”

11150541_902671543088721_7595593746846697152_nMedellin, Cebu | Kristille Mae Atinen believes that helping save Mother Earth starts at home so her advocacy is “making my home clean and green, be a role model to the Earth”. “I want to be part of a bigger community that would help the environment and for me to continue inspiring other people to help the Mother Earth,” the 18-year-old aspiring chef says when asked why she wants to be the winner.

11169961_902671549755387_5917800104228279825_nOrmoc City | Marianna Darlene Pepito, a 24-year-old hospital emergency volunteer, wants to pursue a universty degree in North America then plans to travel the world helping environment-driven organizations. But right now, she is fighting for the chance to be the next Miss Phiippines Earth.

“I would like to travel around Philippines and focus on reaching out to indigenous tribe and teach them eco-tourism. Little by little we can improve the lives of each Filipinos,” she says. She also wants to raise awareness about renewable energy resources.

11205169_902671659755376_6325682821652379925_nSogod, Southern Leyte | Lhiben Louriza Basco was Miss Maasin 1st princess in 2013 before eventually winning the Miss Earth Sogod 2015 title last March. This 18-year-old business administration student hopes to finish her studies so she can help her family. She is also a staunch advocate of the “three Rs”: reduce, reuse and recycle.