A Cebuana teen succeeded Miss Philippines Earth 2013 title-holder Angelee Claudett Delos Reyes of Olongapo City during the coronation night held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
She is 19-year-old Jamie Herrell of Cebu City, whose environmental advocacy is anti-animal cruelty. Herrell said she has seen how some people treat animals in a wrong way, adding that animals should be treated with love or at least in a proper manner.
Herrell impressed the crowd and judges alike during the question and answer portion when she said, in reply to judge Akbayan Partylist spokesperson Risa Hontiveros’ question, that humans haven’t been good children to Mother Earth since she believed that humans are the number one cause of Mother Earth’s problems.
The Cebuana lass bested a field of 49 candidates from different parts of the country who competed for the five major titles. The other winners are Miss Philippines Air 2014: Diane Carmela Querrer of Tanauan City, Miss Philippines Water 2014: Kim Covert of Dumaguete City, Miss Philippines Fire 2014: Bianca Paz of Gapan City, and Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2014 – Monique Manuel of Dinalupihan, Bataan.
Herrell will represent the Philippines in the international beauty pageant, Miss Earth, considered one of the world’s Big Four Beauty Pageants along with Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International.
Last year’s Miss Philippines Earth Angelee Delos Reyes finished in the top 8 of the Miss Earth 2013 beauty pageant.