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Meet Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Imelda Schweighart

Well-deserved win! German-Filipina Imelda Schweighart from Puerto Princesa City was crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2016 on June 11, 2016. She will have the opportunity to represent Philippines at the 2016 Miss Earth pageant later this year.

Imelda will dedicate her year to promote environmental projects and to address issues concerning the environment. She also serves as spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations.

Close-up of Imelda Schweighart
Close-up of Imelda Schweighart

Before her crowning as Miss Philippines Earth 2016, Schweighart first joined Binibining Pilipinas in 2013 and was named as the Top 15 finalists of the competition, aside from bagging the Binibining Pilipinas-PAGCOR special award. Aside from being a beauty queen, she also entered into the showbiz industry since the age of 14.

Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Top 5
Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Top 5

For the second question and answer portion, the Top 5 candidates were asked, "If you had the chance to talk one-on-one with president-elect Duterte, what assistance would you ask from him on your climate change advocacy?"
Imelda answered: "My climate change advocacy is banning genetically modified organisms (GMO) and genetically modified seeds, because I believe in natural food in order to feed our mind, body, and soul. So if we really want to feed our minds and become smarter, let's support banning GMO, Duterte. At the same time, I would like to encourage him to put bike lanes here in Manila, and I would take him to Puerto Princesa and I would show him how clean our place is."

Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Final Results

Miss Philippines Earth 2016:
Imelda Schweighart, Puerto Princesa City
Miss Philippines Air 2016:
Kiaragiel Gregorio, London
Miss Philippines Water 2016:
Loren Mar Artajos, Laoag City
Miss Philippines Fire 2016:
Shannon Rebecca Bridgman, Rosales, Pangasinan
Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2016:
Melanie Mader, Vienna

The twelve semi-finalists :
Cagayan de Oro City, Charinna Barro
City of San Pedro, Athena Mari Jamaica Catriz
Murcia, Negros Occidental, Jessica Zevenbergen
Vienna, Melanie Mader
Caloocan City, Joanna Rose Tolledo
Dumaguete City, Maria Fatima Al-sowyed
Puerto Princesa City, Imelda Schweighart
London, Kiaragiel Gregorio
Zamboanga City, Bellatrix Tan
Rosales, Pangasinan, Shannon Rebecca Bridgman
Lobo, Batangas, Krissandra Marie Abel
Laoag City, Loren Mar Artajos
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