|Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco|
Photo credit: Life in Style Central.
A medical physicist, a scientist and a university professor had toppled the goddesses of the competition and was named Miss Earth 2017 during the coronation last Saturday night (November 4th) at the Mall of Asia Arena.
She is Miss Philippines Karen Ibasco and here's her timely message.
"It takes quite some time until it fully sinks in. Never in my wildest dreams have I ever thought I would represent the Philippines and win an international title in a prestigious pageant that upholds a relevant cause. I am honored and privileged to be the very first scientist to join and win in the whole history of Miss Earth as I shared my voice and represented the whole scientific community for the world to see and hear. I believe that there is a message worth telling that should be taken as a matter of importance and urgency.
I am confident enough to say that it was not by my own abilities that made me standout in performing during the coronation night in all segments especially in the question and answer portion, it was by the Spirit of God that led me through. Apart from Him I could not have done it. He was the One who gave me confidence and wisdom in presenting myself as a whole package in front of the whole world. He used me as His mouthpiece and instrument in opening the minds of people of what we have to do to be good stewards of His creation.
It’s never easy to win the crown in your own country because you have to make double even triple efforts to show to everyone that you’re fighting the battle at your best just like everybody else but what made my journey extra special was the overwhelming support I got from my fellow Filipinos. If there’s one thing I am proud about my people despite of being known to be hospitable, it’s our camaraderie. We show to the whole world what bayanihan is all about when the spirit of communal unity and cooperation is displayed for all to see.
No amount of words will change the fact that the battle has already been won. I don’t take this crown for myself, It is for the whole Philippines.
This battle was not mine alone but ours. I am proud in raising our flag for the whole world to witness.
I would like to thank EVERYONE for the love, prayers and support you have given me in my unforgettable journey here in Miss Earth and also to my fellow delegates and team managers for a month long filled with memories and experiences. This once in a lifetime experience will truly be remembered and treasured forever. I believe if it’s God’s will, no one can ever thwart what He has planned.
I am more than ready to continue the legacy of beauty and responsibility. May this be a beacon of hope for everyone to see that our micro efforts will have macro effect as we take this challenge together as a global community with a collective action.
This is Karen Ibasco, your Miss Earth 2017!👑🇵🇭🌎
ALL GLORY TO GOD!"