Jamie Herrell of Cebu City reacts after she was named Miss Philippines Earth 2014 at the grand coronation night at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday night. Photo by Jay Ganzon for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA - (1st UPDATE) Jamie Herrell of Cebu City was crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2014 during the beauty pageant's grand coronation night held at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday.
The 19-year-old beauty from the Queen City of the South is an animal rights advocate, according to the Miss Philippines Earth website.
"My environmental advocacy is anti-animal cruelty. Because I have seen how some people treat animals in a wrong way and I believe animals should be treated with love or at least in a proper manner," she said.
During the question-and-answer portion, Herrell was asked by former Akbayan lawmaker Risa Hontiveros, "Do you think that we, human beings, have been good children to Mother Earth?"
Herrell answered: "Honestly, in my opinion, we haven’t been good children. In fact, I believe that we are the number one cause of her problems, we are the reason why we're having climate change, and we are the reason why we're having floods. But in return, if we can only help her and salvage her, she will help us back and take care of us too."
Meanwhile, 25-year-old Diane Carmela Querrer from Tanauan City, Batangas was crowned Miss Philippines Air 2014.
Atty. Angela Ibay, Earth Hour Philippines National Director, asked Querrer during the question-and-answer portion, "If you are faced with a skeptic, how would you explain and convince that person about climate change?"
She answered: "I will tell him that climate change is truly happening since time immemorial, it is a long overdue issue. And that is why, as stewards of the environment, every day we should be committed in thinking twice... we should check the alternatives on what we can do so we can lessen our carbon footprints and in the long run, we can be a part of the solution of solving this long overdue issue of climate change."
Meanwhile, Kimberly Covert, who was crowned Miss Philippines Water 2014, was asked by Solaire's Jasper Evangelista, "If you were to change one thing about the Philippines, what would it be and why?"
Covert answered: "Honestly, I would like to change the mindset of the people. It's true that we have a beautiful country and that’s one thing I am proud of. But sometimes, the people aren’t that effective when it comes to the environment…They do not know the value of what we have in the Philippines. If I would change something, I would like to teach them how great we can be."
A Gapan City, Nueva Ecija native, Bianca Paz, won the Miss Philippines Fire 2014 title.
The 25-year-old fashion designer was asked by actress Cherie Gil during the question-and-answer portion, "If you are tasked to educate the children of our country about caring for the environment, what would be the first most important thing you would do?"
Paz said: "The first most important thing that I would do is share my awareness with the environmental issues that we are facing today because if we take care of Mother Nature just like our mothers, it will take care of us back."
Monique Manuel from Dinalupihan, Bataan, won the Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2014 title.
Miss Philippines Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell will represent the Philippines in the international beauty pageant, Miss Earth.
Last year's Miss Philippines Earth winner, Angelee Delos Reyes, finished in the top 8 of the Miss Earth 2013 beauty pageant, which was won by Venezuela's Alyz Henrich. -- with reports from Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News