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

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

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

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:


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Miss Earth 2016 Q&A3

After a back-to-back win for the Philippines, we now have a new Miss Earth 2016! And it is Miss Ecuador Katherine Espin. But, of course, dear readers we all know our favorite part of these beauty pageants. And that is the Q&A round. Let’s see how the candidates fared answering the final question and showing their love for Mother Earth.

Miss Earth 2016 Katherine Espin from Ecuador
Miss Ecuador Katherine Espin wins the Miss Earth 2016 pageant

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6 Eco-Friendly Tips for the Millennial+

There was a time when I was a kid watching Sineskwela (Filipino Science children TV show) and Agatom talked about the depleting ozone layer. That it had a “hole” that was becoming bigger unless we’d do something about it. We learned that we need to recycle because our dumpsites were getting out of hand. We memorized the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Return) and we knew how to make our own little composts. There was a time when I actually believed that Captain Planet could save the environment. I’m not talking about his super powers but through the easy-to-do eco-friendly tips at the end of each episode. Go Planeteers! Then there was Al Gore who showed us The Inconvenient Truth. The ice cap was melting and polar bears were drowning. After that, everything’s a blur. And everyone began to forget.

Sineskwela
My Childhood Heroes (Via Nio Manzano)

We are the generation that’s most exposed to environment issues and we are (or should be) the most informed thanks to the wealth of material available to read and digest. But though we have all the information, somehow it’s not translating to action. I’m trying hard not to generalize but we are overcome by the culture of consumption and commercialism. Social media has paralyzed most of us to become mere spectators watching (and feeling) Mother Earth’s slow painful death.

Captain Planet
I’m sure these two were ex-lovers. (Via Vice)

Let’s try not to be spectators and do our part, however little it may be, as a millennial. Here’s my short list of how millennials in their own little ways help the environment.

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Solenn Heussaff and Dennis Trillo in Lakbay2Love (FB/Lakbay2Love)

Must Watch: Lakbay2Love+

Solenn Heussaff and Dennis Trillo in Lakbay2Love (FB/Lakbay2Love)
Lakbay2Love movie poster: Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heussaff and Kit Thompson
Biker-actors Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heussaff and Kit Thompson star in environmental advocacy film Lakbay2Love.

Erasto FilmsLakbay2Love is a romantic, coming-of-age, environmental advocacy film by director-producer Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil (Boses) starring actors and real-life bikers Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heusaff (two of my fitspirations!) and Kit Thompson.

Dennis Trillo, reliable as ever, fits the bill as forest ranger and biker Jay-R. He bikes during his free time based on his social media (I promise I’m not a stalker!) and it shows. He seems to have done all the biking stunts on his own, even climbing up to a high mountain peak. It was a beautiful visual, and it felt like I was transported to the mountains, but I was holding onto my seat for dear life.

Solenn Heussaff plays half-Filipino half-French photo journalist (or was she a videographer? Not really sure) Lianne. Reeling from her boyfriend Macky, played by Kit Thompson, recently leaving her, Lianne accepts an environment-focused project at Jay-R’s request. She, along with her work companion and friend Monday, played by Patricia Ismael, embarks on this project and immerses herself in the world of biking. There’s a funny bit where Lianne says that growing up as a half-French people asked her weird questions including “what does voulez-vous coucher avec moi really mean?” LOL! IMO, this is Solenn’s best acting piece so far.

The film features actual biking events and the people involved in these kinds of projects. We get to visit a vintage bike shop, witness a bike race, and see padyakeros on and off the tracks. We even get to travel to different bike trails in and around the metro. The Benguet trail looks so gorgeous and beautifully captured on film. Aside from the beauty, we also briefly see the ugly side of things, poignantly depicted by the felled logs caused by illegal logging. Having seen that Lianne realizes that all of her problems seemed so petty. It also made me realize that the environment is still not a primary concern in our country, and that needs to change. To those running for office this coming elections, please focus on these issues. Include the environment in your platform and you have secured my vote.

We can’t just stop at watching this beautiful environmental film. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you have to keep moving.” That also applies to our fight for the environment. Let’s start supporting more environmental advocacy projects. Let’s pick up a bike and ride around the metro to decrease pollution. Let’s spread the message of this film and make this a personal journey for all of us—a journey to love for Mother Nature. 🙂

If you’re looking for a light feel-good movie that packs a message, I recommend watching Lakbay2Love. Support Philippine indie films. Watch the trailer below:

When the world is crumbling around you, love may just find you a new trail.
Starring: Solenn Heussaff, Dennis Trillo, Kit Thompson
Directed by: Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil
Screenplay by: Layeta Bucoy & Elle Marfil
Produced by: Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil 

Have you watched Lakbay2Love? What did you think of the film? Are you into biking? Do you suddenly want to buy a bike, learn it, and ride all around the country? Sound off in the comments below.

Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong (Philippines) with Miss Water, Miss Fire, and Miss Air (Instagram/missearth)

Miss Earth 2015 Q&A Portion+

Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong (Philippines) with Miss Water, Miss Fire, and Miss Air (Instagram/missearth)

The Miss Earth 2015 pageant recently concluded in Vienna, Austria. Angelia Ong from The Philippines won the tilt, making her the second consecutive Filipina to win the crown. A proud moment for the Philippines! However, we’re dedicating a special post to everyone’s favorite pageant portion: the Miss Earth 2015 Q&A. Let’s see how the candidates fared:

Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong (Philippines) with Miss Water, Miss Fire, and Miss Air (Instagram/missearth)
Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong (Philippines) with Miss Fire (Brazil), Miss Water (USA), and Miss Air (Australia) (Instagram/missearth)

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