MANILA — Angelia Gabrena Ong, a 24-year-old working student from Manila won this year’s Miss Philippines Earth pageant held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“I think this [victory] is really a validation that indeed if you have faith [in God] and if you claim it you’ll have it,” Angelia said as quoted in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report.
Angelia was crowned by reigning beauty queen Ms. Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell.
“Ms. Phillippines Earth this year is really a roller coaster ride for me. It actually gave me a different kind of confidence,” she said.
Angelia bested 37 other contestants and will represent the country in the international Miss Earth competition later this year.
“Glitz and glamour will always be there. But during my reign I want to be remembered that I was proactive, I was able to implement real projects and I was really able to inspire a lot of people to take care of the environment.”
Other winners in this year’s Miss Earth pageant are Miss Philippines Air Chanel Olive Thomas (San Antonio, Nueva Ecija), Miss Philippines Fire Carla Angela Valderrama (Siniloan, Laguna) , Miss Philippines Water Catherine Joy Marin (Bago City) and Miss Philippines Ecotourism Jona Sweet (Iloilo City).