MANILA - The Philippines' Angelia Ong was named the 2015 Miss Earth in a coronation night held at the Marx Halle in Vienna, Austria on Sunday, marking the first time in the pageant's nearly 15-year history that a country has won back-to-back titles.
The 24-year-old Ong, who beat more than 80 other national delegates, succeeded Filipina beauty queen Jamie Herrel, who earned the title in 2014. She is the country's third representative to have won the crown, the other being Karla Henry back in 2008.
The other winners are:
Miss Earth Fire: Thiessa Sickert of Brazil
Miss Earth Water: Brittany Payne of USA
Miss Earth Air: Dayanna Grageda of Australia
Ong is a marketing management student at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Manila. In an earlier press conference held before she left for Austria, Ong said that she hopes to win the title so that she could participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, which began last November 30 and will run until December 11.
In her Miss Earth profile page, Ong said: "I chose to continue the advocacy I started when I was just a candidate for Miss Philippines Earth."
"These were Restoration, Reforestation, minimizing carbon footprints and taking 5R (Rethink, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Respect) by heart which brings me to a campaign I call #WEWILLBECAUSEWECAN."
"This campaign aims to inspire and educate people on how they can contribute in helping the environment in their own little ways and even through social media."
"Getting the campaigns online is a strategy to get the message out there and create more awareness. Awareness or identifying the problem is the first step in solving the problem."
"We have to educate people about the threats of Climate Change because it is only through an educated society can true reform be achieved."
The Miss Earth 2015 pageant will be aired on ABS-CBN Sunday morning, before noontime show "ASAP 20."