Vietnam gets first Miss Earth title

TOP 12 candidates for Miss Earth 2018.

PH bet lands spot in Top 8

Twenty-three-year-old Phuong Khanh Nguyen from Vietnam bested 86 other candidates to earn the crown at this year’s Miss Earth pageant tilt, held on 3 November at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

PHUONG Khanh Nguyen, Miss Earth 2018.

This is the first Miss Earth title for the Southeast Asian nation. The other winners are Melissa Flores from Mexico, Miss Earth Fire; Valeria Ayos from Colombia, Miss Earth Water, and Melanie Mader from Austria, Miss Earth Air.

The Marketing student breezed through the contest that saw three rounds of elimination which named the Top 18, Top 12, Top 8 and ultimately, the Top 4.

Fluent in Vietnamese and English, the newly crowned Miss Earth aced the two rounds of question and answer.

The first round had the Top 8 contestants give their opinion on popular hashtags. Khanh was tasked to share her opinion on the hashtag #Conflict. She said, “Mabuhay, Pilipinas! This isn’t my first language, but I will try my best. My hashtag is conflict. In our world, there’s no perfection. Conflict is a part of our daily life. As a human, we can avoid conflict by being honest with ourselves. By being honest with ourselves, we can create the power to transform the world. Thank you.”

She further impressed the judges with her answer during the final question-and-answer portion.

The question posed was: “Being a millennial, what do you think is the most pressing issue of your generation?”

Khanh answered: “Good evening, everyone. My answer is our ignoring. We have so many technologies, and we just use social media and only care about ourselves. We should spend our time to think and feel with what’s happening with the Earth right now. And one small action multiplied by a million people can transform the world.”

MISS Earth Philippines 2018 Celeste Cortesi’s opening dress for the pageant.

The night was capped with Khanh being crowned by last year’s Miss Earth, the Philippines’ Karen Ibasco.

The Philippines’ Celeste Cortesi landed on the Top 8. She was tasked to share her view on the hashtag #Malnutrition. Her answer baffled some, including netizens who were keeping tabs of the pageant through social media. The coronation night aired on TV the day after the coronation.

“My perspective on malnutrition is based on my values and beliefs. I think that it’s about respect being the key to serve the purpose of our knowledge and humanity,” Cortesi answered.

The new Miss Earth hails from Ben Tre, a coastal province in the Mekong Delta, which is the subject of the eco video for the pageant. Khanh will travel the world to promote environmental protection and concern.

with Kathleen A. Llemit,
Photos by Rafael Taboy


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