Excelsa De Jesus, representing New York City, bags the Ms. Republic of the Philippines-International 2018 title during the coronation night at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City early Thursday morning (Jan. 31, 2018). For the past two years, De Jesus has been conducting fund raising activities to help empower the sick and needy Filipino youths. The pageant, which was revived in 2015, aims to promote local tourism. AVITO DALAN/PNA