I had the good chance of spending quality time with Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Loren Mar Artajos during our judging of the Ginoo at Binibining Laguna 2017 finals more than a week ago today. And I simply could not let the opportunity pass without asking her a question that has been nagging my mind ever since she took over the reign from Imelda Schweighart who resigned after a string of controversies during Miss Earth 2016. How is she taking it all in?
Loren is very quick to admit that things could have been sweeter had she won the title right from the start. That would have allowed her to represent the Philippines in the international competition. And she would have been a mighty proud wearer of the country’s sash.
“But don’t get me wrong, Tito Norman. I am still thrilled that the national title is now mine. Just imagine, how often can you see a third placer getting the crown? It’s usually the 1st Runner-Up, or Miss Air in our case. It must be really fate that led me to this. And I am committed to hold on to my responsibility to the organizers till my successor is crowned in June. I am taking in all the blessings that are coming my way. It has allowed me to still use my voice and the platform to spread environmental awareness throughout the country.
I am a happy Miss Philippines Earth, Tito Norman!”
So there. Loren Mar may have only a few months left till she passes on the crown to a new winner. But she is making the most out of everything. After all, the Miss Philippines Earth 2016 is hers. And it will stay attached to her name forever. 🙂