Miss World 2013, Megan Young
Miss International 2013, Bea Rose Santiago
Miss Earth 2014, Jamie Herrell
Miss Earth 2015, Angelia Gabrena Ong
Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach
Miss International 2016, Kylie Verzosa
Miss Earth 2017, Karen Ibasco
It is said that if we tally all the titles that the Philippines has won this year (from Alpha to Omega pageant) it tallied to a total wins of 50 crowns. Quite a remarkable feat for this pageant obsessed country.
Notable wins among the minor pageants this year is Teresita “Winwyn” Marquez as the first Asian to conquer the Reina Hispanoamericana title. She bested aroung 20+ ladies for the title. KF-trained Sarah Bona also scored a win via the Miss Nature Intercontinental title. Just recently, Jannie Alipoon won the title of Miss Tourism International. The Mutya ng Pilipinas winner scored the country’s 4th crown in the Malaysia-based pageant.
As for the Beta Pageants, the Philippines fared quite well too. It started with a 2nd runner up finish for Elizabeth Clenci in Miss Grand International and was followed up immediately with a 1st runner up finish of Nelda Ibe in Miss Globe. Aces & Queens trained Chanel Olive Thomas managed a top 10 finish in Miss Supranational as well as bagging the Miss Congeniality special award. Her compatriot Katarina Rodriguez’ pageant has been moved to January of 2018 and we can’t wait to see her perform.
The Alpha pageants is a different ballgame altogether. Our Miss International quest for a back to back win ended when Mariel de Leon failed to make it into the semis. Laura Lehmann managed a top 40 finish, the Philippines’ lowest since 2011 but at least was one of the 5 winners of the Beauty with a Purpose challenge. Despite looking spectacular and giving a strong performance at the Miss Universe finals, Rachel Peters didn’t go further than the top 10. Karen Ibasco’s Miss Earth win on the other hand continued the winning streak of the Philippines in the Alpha pageants. Her win marks 5 consecutive years of winning one or two of the Alpha pageants since 2013.
With the 2017 pageant season about to close and the 2018 national pageant season about to start, we can’t help but get excited for what is next. Binibining Pilipinas 2018 and Miss Philippines Earth 2018 should be getting a head start soon!
Miss Philippines Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco is on a roll!
After nailing the gold medal with her swimsuit presentation early in the competition, the medical physicist and self-confessed fashion lover has had a string of medals lately. Karen walked out with a silver medal in the long gown, a gold in the national costume competition, a silver in the resort wear and another gold as the darling of the press.
However, this string of placements hasn’t gone unnoticed by some Filipino pageant fans who have bashed her online. Miss Earth’s biggest supporters can also be its biggest critics and their eyes are on Karen lately. While they may say that she doesn’t deserve some of the medals she earned out of ‘delicadeza’ as host delegate, I think that she shouldn’t be punished for doing well in the competition. Karen prepared just as equally hard as the rest of the pageant, if not more. And we can see her performing in every leg of the competition. Just look at a portion of her intelligence/ interview video below by @pageantbuzz. You can see she does deliver.
And she delivers at the most opportune moments of the competition and is pacing herself in the process. I could say that she is peaking at the right moment. I can also say that during the last time I met her in the Philippines, she was worried back then that she might not have enough time to prepare and train for the ME pageant as the MPEOrg has still several public appearances lined up leading into the start of the pageant. If she has managed to fulfill those commitments and balance her time to still squeeze in training, then you can see the determination in her.
And that is why she has been winning medals upon medals in the competition.
We are already mid-way into the Miss Earth competition and we are clearly seeing several girls starting to pull away from the rest of the competition. While nothing is yet set in stone, we list down the girls who are steadily gaining momentum and steam in the pageant…
16. Eucharia Akani, Nigeria ⇓
15. Kaylee Carlberg, US Virgin Islands ⇓
14. Michelle Alriani, Indonesia ⇑
13. Angele Kossinda, Cameroon *new
12. Nina Robertson, Australia *new
11. Karen Bustos, Mexico ⇓
10. Erika Parker, Panama *new
9. Le Thi Ha Thu, Vietnam ⇑
8. Emerlinda de Matos, Angola ⇓
7. Ninoska Vasquez, Venezuela ⇓
6. Andreia Gibau, USA ⇓
5. Juliana Franco, Colombia ⇑
4. Karen Ibasco, Philippines ⇑
3. Faith Landman, Netherlands ⇑
2. Lessie Giler, Ecuador ⇑
1. Paweensuda ‘Fahsai’ Drouin, Thailand ⇔
In three weeks’ time the Miss Earth 2017 pageant would be in full swing. So it wouldn’t be a surprise that the Philippine rep, Karen Ibasco has started to have her presence felt on social media. Below are several of her most recent photo-releases on her official Instagram account.
It seems that the straight her is her go-to-style, but I actually think that a side parting with curls would look great on her too. Karen’s latest photos are actually looking good although I still think that soft pastels in blush pinks, sky blues, and lilacs would be great on her for the competition. Then if she brings on the fierce reds and fully saturated violets on the finals, that would be a reveal!
I trust that her team would have a thorough game-plan by now and would put it into action. By the track record of her camp, it is safe to assume that Karen is in the right hands. She will be facing a lot of tough competition in this year’s batch with a reported number of candidates breaking into the 100 mark. So she has to be prepared for the battle ahead as it is going be a hard battle, to which I have full confidence that she can make it. I trust that this medical practitioner/ physicist/ math instructor/ renewable energy advocate would have what it takes to emerge triumphant in the competition ahead…
As a bonus, check out her Miss Earth eco-video below…
There was a buzz recently regarding Miss Philippines Earth Karen Ibasco when she was featured on the Department Of Finance press release for TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act).
Natuarally I had to reach out to Karen and ask her to tell us more about it. Here was she had to say: “I was invited by the DOF for the Senate hearing to say about the environmental aspect of carbon tax since the TRAIN is on-going there is a section about the excise tax on petroleum products and this is a form of carbon tax. It is increasing the tax not just in gasoline but also in diesel, LPG and kerosene. Carbon tax will help people to transition using fossil fuel to renewable energy. I know it’s a lot to take in and it truly is a challenge to make people understand it because it will definitely cut more budget from their income but if people’s eyes will just be opened to what the Earth’s state is at this point in time they will also understand that this is a great investment for this generation and to the next one.”
The medical physicist-slash-practitioner has been a supporter of alternative energy sources. It can be remembered that during the Miss Philippines Earth pageant she was already advocating for the Carbon Tax so that the country would start investing on more renewable sources of energy. Investing on renewable sources of energy would allow the country to lower its carbon emissions/ carbon footprint. This would mean that the Philippines wouldn’t be too dependent on oil and would be able to augment or even self-sustain itself on clean renewable energy.
Even as of writing, Karen’s schedule is packed with numerous speaking engagements and school tours advocating about the Miss Earth’s cause. Truly, she takes the pageant’s advocacy to heart.
I was perhaps one of a couple of people who have predicted correctly the victory of Miss Philippines Earth 2017, Karen Ibasco… and to meet her in person was such a good treat.
It was a rainy evening in Greenbelt 3 where I met her for the first time courtesy of Sir Rodgil Flores of the Kagandahang Flores camp. The 5’7″ stunner is blessed with milky white skin and reminded me of former Bb. Pilipinas Maja, Marina Benipayo. Karen was one of the smartest beauty queens I have ever encountered with her intelligence and strong communications skills. Wearing a black cropped top with a full pant and a white sleeveless slouchy trench, she looked every inch a beauty queen. I hope that she take some cues on this ensemble as it shows a stronger, empowered and very statuesque side of hers.
One of the points we were able to talk about is how the Miss Earth this year is going to be a test of stamina. She narrated that the ME schedule would almost be a month long pageant. All the girls will be divided in at least 3 groups, though we would have to wait for confirmation as an expected 100 candidates are said to join this year. They will be touring around the Philippines from the North (Ilocos) down to the South (Davao). Karen’s schedule is still quite busy with different public appearances and school tours that she is a bit concerned that it is eating time from her training and preparations for ME.
I wish I had a little more time with Karen, but I assured her that I will be able to see her compete on November 4 at MOA Arena. Confidently, I can say that she is going to bring back the Philippines in the semis this year and at least an elemental title is not far behind…