The Philippines’ Karen Ibasco won the Miss Earth 2017 pageant. The pageant was held at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Philippines last night November 4. Karen is a 26-year-old licensed physicist and university instructor from Manila.

During the first segment, the Top 8 finalists were given 30 seconds to express their thoughts on a selected hashtag. Ibasco picked the hashtag #biodiversity.

“Biodiversity is very important. We are very known in the Philippines to have a lot of biodiversity, and they’re very important because they also balances the ecosystem. It’s very important for us to protect them, because as we protect them, we protect the environment to help save our home, our planet, our Earth, to be a better place to live in. Thank you,” she said.

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For the next segment, the four finalists were asked the question: “Who or what do you think is the biggest enemy of Mother Earth and why?”

Karen resplied: “I believe that the real problem in this world is not climate change; the real problem is us because of our ignorance and apathy. What we have to do is to start changing our ways, to start recalibrating our minds, and redirecting our steps, because together, as a global community, our micro efforts will have a macro effect to help save our home, our planet. Thank you.”

Ibasco, who studied applied physics and medical physics at the University of Santo Tomas, impressed both the judges and the audience with her reply during the question and answer segment of the pageant.

Photo Credit: Miss Earth Facebook

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