A medical physicist from Manila, Karen Ibasco has just been crowned Miss Earth 2017 during a national gala amidst a glittering ceremony at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Saturday evening. Karen Ibasco won the crown after besting 39 other hopefuls in various segment such as swimsuit, evening gown and question and answer round. She was crowned by Loren Mar Artajos, the outgoing queen.
Karen will now represent the Philippines in the Miss Earth 2017 contest to be held in Manila in November. At the same event, Kim de Guzman from Olongapo, was declared Miss Philippines-Air, Jessica Marasigan from Caloocan was elected Miss Philippines-Water. Nella Bautista from Villanueva, Minami Oriental, was chosen as Miss Philippines-Fire, while Vanessa Mae Castillo from Lobo, Batangas, took the Miss Philippines-Ecotourism title.
During the first question and answer round, she spoke on the topic Fake news. She said, “Nowadays, a lot of people distribute fake news but one of the most important mediums is social media. We have to learn [how] to use it for social good. We have to learn to disseminate…and also to filter the right information not just for yourself…but also for the people in your circle of influence.”
In the last question and answer round which ultimately won her the crown, she was asked what she wanted to change about the environmental policies of the country. Karen replied, “Everyone is experiencing climate change. I’m just grateful that the Philippines has signed the Paris Treaty. What I want to see is to pass a carbon tax. In that way, we would invest in renewable energy to help our world to be a better place, greener, inhabitable for the whole country.”