MANILA — Malacañang on Sunday congratulated Filipina Angelia Ong for winning this year’s Miss Earth beauty pageant.
The 25-year-old Ong was crowned Miss Earth 2015 during the coronation night held in Vienna, Austria, on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), giving the Philippines its first back-to-back win.
Filipina Jamie Herrell won the Miss Earth title in 2014.
“Ipinaparating po natin kay Binibining Angelia Ong ang pagbati ng buong bansa dahil sa kanyang tagumpay sa pageant ng Miss Earth,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said during an interview over state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
Ong bested 85 candidates from different countries in this year’s Miss Earth pageant.
“Ito po ay pagpapatunay muli sa kagandahan, katalinuhan at kahusayan ng kababaihang Pilipina at ng mga Pilipino sa mga pandaigdigang kompetisyon na idinaraos din naman para palawigin ang pakikipagkaibigan at kooperasyon ng iba’t ibang bansa,” Coloma said.
Also crowned as runners-up to Ong were Dayanna Grageda of Australia as Miss Earth-Air (first runner-up); Brittany Payne of USA as Miss Earth-Water (second runner-up); and Thiessa Sickert of Brazil as Miss Earth-Fire (third runner-up).
Miss Earth is considered one of the world’s largest beauty pageants, along with the Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International. PNA