MANILA -- Roxie Baeyens made history over the weekend as she won the first-ever virtual coronation Miss Philippines Earth, besting candidates from all over the country and also Filipinas based abroad.
Baeyens, who hails from Baguio, talked about the importance of a "green thumb" among leaders as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
"A leader should display having a green thumb because at this point in time, we have a shortage in food supply. It is important to open the eyes of people to embrace having a sustainable life and start urban agriculture at their own homes. After all, a green life is a better life. I hope our leaders will give that to us," she said during the final question and answer round of the pageant.
She also reminded the public to not let their guard down despite the general community quarantine: "We are allowed to go back to our jobs not because it is safe but because livelihood is important."
Baeyens will represent the Philippines in the Miss Earth 2020 pageant, which has yet to announce a final date.
She succeeds Janelle Tee, who finished in the Top 20 of Miss Earth 2019.
Will Baeyens be able to win the Philippines' fifth Miss Earth title? Here are 10 stunning photos that show she has a strong shot at the crown: