Miss Earth 2017 Q&A: Miss Philippines Karen Ibasco Wins+

The Miss Earth Organization has crowned the new Miss Earth 2017! The Philippines wins its 3rd Miss Earth crown in just 4 years, for a total of 4 Miss Earth victories since the pageant started. That’s quite the extraordinary feat in the beauty pageant world. It seems like it all came down to the round dreaded by the candidates, but much-loved by pageant fans worldwide: the final Q&A.

The new Miss Earth 2017 (Facebook, MissEarth)
The new Miss Earth 2017 (Facebook/MissEarth)

Check out the Top 4 girls’ answers to the final Q&A and the rest of the Miss Earth 2017 results after the cut:


The Final Question

Who or what do you think is the biggest enemy of Mother Earth and why?

I don’t think it’s as tough as the final question for Miss Earth 2016, which tackled a specific environmental issue. This year’s final question is more… general. But I do think we got interesting answers from the final four: AustraliaColombia, Philippines, and Russia. Here’s how they answered, starting with Miss Colombia:


The Answers

Colombia 🇨🇴

Miss Colombia Juliana Franco at the Miss Earth 2017 Q&A (Facebook, MissEarth)
Miss Colombia Juliana Franco at the Miss Earth 2017 Q&A (Facebook/MissEarth)

Addressing the crowd in English, Miss Colombia Juliana Franco wants us to rethink our ways:

I truly believe that today the bigger enemy that our earth has is the consumption. We all have to rethink about the consumption because so many industries are really polluting all our Mother Earth. So we have to rethink about what we buy, what we eat, so we can help the Mother Earth. Thank you.


Australia 🇦🇺

Miss Australia Nina Robertson at the Miss Earth 2017 Q&A (Facebook, MissEarth)
Miss Australia Nina Robertson at the Miss Earth 2017 Q&A (Facebook/MissEarth)

Half-Filipina Miss Australia Nina Robertson pinpoints a select group of people as Mother Earth’s enemies:

I think the biggest enemies of the Mother Earth are the people that do not believe that climate change is real. Because for them they do not see the long-term effects that this climate change and global warming would have. I would like to keep educating more people and raising more awareness because sometimes they’re just not aware of it. So as an eco-warrior and all the girls here on stage, this is what we’re here to do. So thank you.

As host James Deakin quipped, “Shots fired.” 😂


Philippines 🇵🇭

Miss Philippines Karen Ibasco at the Miss Earth 2017 Q&A (Facebook, MissEarth)
Miss Philippines Karen Ibasco at the Miss Earth 2017 Q&A (Facebook/MissEarth)

Miss Philippines Karen Ibasco thinks the problem is just in front of us:

I believe the real problem in this world is not climate change. The real problem is us because of our ignorance and apathy. What we have to do is to start changing our ways, to start recalibrating our minds and redirecting our steps. Because together as a global community our micro-efforts will have a macro-effect to help save our home, our planet, our earth. Thank you.


Russia 🇷🇺

Miss Russia Lada Akimova at the Miss Earth 2017 Q&A (Facebook, MissEarth)
Miss Russia Lada Akimova at the Miss Earth 2017 Q&A (Facebook/MissEarth)

I don’t know who was more nervous: Miss Russia Lada Akimova or her interpreter. 😂

Thank you for your question and good evening everyone.

Our Mother Earth has a lot of enemies indeed, although, I must say, she also has a lot of friends. But I think the most serious enemies of our Mother Earth are us.

We must rethink our conduct and unite to help our planet. Only together can we do this.

Miss Russia buckled under pressure and got the dreaded bell to signal that time’s up.


The Amiciness Answer 🏆

Of course, I’ll take a crack at answering the question, no? 😂

The biggest enemy of Mother Earth is greed. Our planet has already gifted us the resources we need but we don’t know when enough is enough. We always want more. We consume and we take, but we never give back. As if we’re the last generation to live on Earth. Sadly, if we don’t change our ways now, we may just be one of the last. It’s high time we get rid of this greed and offer Mother Earth the love and generosity she herself has given us. Before it’s too late. Thank you.


Miss Earth 2017 Placements 🏁

Top 16

  • Angola – Ermelinda De Matos
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina – Lela Karagić
  • Cameroon – Angele Kossinda
  • Guatemala – Maria Jose Castañeda
  • Switzerland – Sarah Laura Peyrel
  • Tonga – Diamond Langi
  • USA – Andreia Gibau
  • Vietnam – Le Thi Ha Thu

Top 8

  • Czech Republic – Iva Uchytilová
  • Netherlands – Faith Landman
  • Thailand – Paweensuda Drouin
  • Venezuela – Ninoska Vasquez

Miss Earth Fire 2017 🔥 Russia

Miss Earth Water 2017 🌊 Colombia

Miss Earth Air 2017 💨 Australia

Miss Earth 2017 🌏 Philippines


Who among the Top 4 performed best in the Miss Earth 2017 final Q&A round? Vote in our poll below 👇


Who were your favorites in Miss Earth 2017? Who did you want to see in the Top 4? How would you answer the final question? (Check out our Miss Earth 2015 and Miss Earth 2016 Q&A posts.) Who or what do you think is the biggest enemy of Mother Earth and why? Sound off in the comments below.

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The Miss Earth 2017 coronation night stage at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Philippines (Facebook, MissEarth)
The Miss Earth 2017 coronation night stage at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Philippines (Facebook/MissEarth)

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