Imelda Schweighart wins Miss Earth Philippines 2016 national pageant that was held in For the first time in the history of Puerto Princesa's pageant history, a woman from the province finally wins its first major national pageant. Imelda Schweighart is the official representative of the Philippines for the upcoming Miss Earth pageant later this year.

The winner is crowned by Angelia Ong, the reigning Miss Earth Philippines 2015 as well as the reigning back-to-back winner of Miss Earth 2015 that was held in Vienna, Austria. The conclusion of the pageant was held in UP (University of the Philippines) Theater in Diliman, Quezon City, the Philippines on June 11, 2016. The winner will be also representing the Philippines that will take place in her home country. This will allow the Philippine representative to host her country well for the upcoming Miss Earth 2016 pageant that will take place this October.
Miss Earth Philippines 2016 winner Imelda Schweighart from Puerto Princesa from Miss Earth Philippines Facebook
The pressure is on for Schweighart for she will be challenged to clinch another crown for the Philippines this year. The Philippines just won two consecutive titles, making it a historical milestone in the history of Miss Earth pageant for having a back-to-back title. The other winner was Jamie Herrell who also won Miss Earth  last 2014.

During the finals night, Imelda picked the hashtag "#TunayNaDiwaNgKalayaan", which means as the true meaning of freedom. She answered "the true meaning of freedom is about opening up our minds. Going further, we must open our minds and always do research regarding the world in order to find a better solution to what is already happening around us. Yes, there is indeed a problem; however, there is always a solution. Let us all fight together in unity because we are the people of now, and we will help each other to save the planet Earth".

But during the top 5 question, Imelda's answer is about climate change. The question was "If you had the chance to talk with a one-on-one with president-elect Duterte, what assistance would you ask from him on your climate change advocacy?"

Imelda says that she is about banning GMO (Genetically modified Organisms) because she believes in a natural way of processing food to feed minds, souls, and bodies without being compromised. So if we will become naturally smarter, supporting the ban against GMO products should be advocated with the president-elect Duterte. In addition, planning to have additional bike lanes. Imelda also invites Duterte to visit Puerto Princesa, which is dubbed as one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Imelda Bautista Schweighart is a 21-year-old Filipino-German beauty queen and a model. She was one of the top 15 finalists of the Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) beauty pageant in 2013. Imelda is also a local celebrity in the Philippines.

The venue of Miss Earth Philippines 2016 was originally scheduled to be at the Versailles palace, which is an open air venue. But due to unpredictable weather condition of Manila as it is now in the rainy season, the organizers moved the venue in UP theater, which is a closed convention center. The main purpose is to ensure the safety of the candidates as well as the audience who will be watching the pageant during the coronation night.

Miss Earth Philippines 2016 winners from Miss Earth Philippines official Facebook page

Aside from Imelda Schweighart, other notable winners are:

  • Miss Earth Philippines Air 2016 is Kiaragiel Gregorio representing London
  • Miss Earth Philippines Water 2016 is Loren mar Artajos representing Laoag City
  • Miss Earth Philippines Fire 2016 is Shannon Rebecca Bridgman representing Rosales, Pangasinan. 
  • Miss Earth Philippines Eco-tourism 2016 is Miss Melanie Mader from Vienna

Congratulations to the winners.

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