Hers was a reign that had rough patches here and there. And boy, were the potshots so cruel that anyone of a lesser heart and determination would succumb to the bashings that progressed from the nationals all the way to the international pageant stage.
As the reigning Miss Earth Philippines, Karen Ibasco was not spared the iron rod by critics who had a heyday putting her down for not having the traditional look and beauty we always associate with a winner, let alone a titleholder who would represent the country in the bigger Miss Earth. But when her innate smarts, academic credentials and articulate self start reeling in, then everyone would just sit up and take notice of how she would gloriously defeat all opponents coming her way. After all, being a Physicist gave her way more than textbook knowledge about science and stuff. What’s more, being able to translate her thoughts into words that would make the complicated seem reasonably understandable is a gift that not everyone can lay bragging rights on. Do watch two video clips (courtesy of Rappler) of how she was able to pull a well-deserved victory during Miss Earth Philippines 2017.
Since tonight is when Karen will relinquish her Miss Earth Philippines crown, I will stop at this point because her reign as Miss Earth won’t end until the 4th quarter of this Year.
Let me just say how proud I am of this woman who continuously held her head high amidst the varying degrees of stormy weather she had to live through. She remained cool, calm and collected. Gracious in all her moves and every inch a Queen so down-to-Mother Earth (pun intended).
Credits for her topmost photo:
Photographer – Jan Marquez | HMUA – Drew Galleguez | Gown – Edwin Uy