Imelda Schweighart of Puerto Princesa City won Miss Philippines Earth 2016 after edging out her closest pursuer Miss Philippines Air Kiara Giel Gregorio of London and surprise Miss Philippines Water finisher Loren Mar Artajos of Laoag City. Shannon Bridgman of Rosales, Pangasinan claimed Miss Philippines Fire, with Melanie Mader of Vienna getting Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism.
Going into the Top 12 (only for this edition in connection with the June 12 Independence Day celebrations), the semifinalists were subjected to a unique “Earth Talk” interview where the ladies picked a “popular hashtag” in a container and expounded on the same. It was here where both Schweighart and Gregorio performed in relatively middling fashion as they were required to explain words that were less than impressive. Artajos gave the most solid reply that sealed her Top 5 placement.
But when the Final Q&A got underway during Top 5, the strong favorites really delivered and the judges’ choice on who to succeed Angelia Ong landed on the head of Schweighart. Artajos also gave a remarkable answer but somehow, she was already outweighed by the two ladies ahead of her in terms of cumulative performance in swimsuit, Filipiniana gown and all.
Imelda Schweighart will now represent the country in Miss Earth 2016 which – according to reports – might be hosted in Macau.
For the special awards handed out last night, Gregorio was named Miss Hana Shampoo, with Eva Reinoso of Alaminos, Pangasinan getting Miss SM Markets. Jan Abejero of Quezon City was named Best Eco Beauty Video with Krissandra Abel of Lobo, Batangas as Eco-Warrior.
Watch Schweighart’s winning Top 5 reply below.
Congratulations to all the winners!