TV, events host wins Miss Earth Philippines 2019

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 20) — Janelle Tee, a 28-year-old television and events host from Pasig City, was crowned Miss Earth Philippines 2019 Tuesday—earning the right to represent the country in the international edition of the annual beauty pageant.

Tee bested 39 other candidates from all over the country and Filipino communities around the world.

She succeeded Silvia Celeste Cortesi who finished at the Top 8 of Miss Earth 2018. Tee will gun for the country's fourth Miss Earth title.

In the question and answer portion, the remaining five candidates were asked which between giving incentives for good environmental practices and penalizing bad eco habits is a better strategy to encourage more people to become environmentally conscious. Tee chose the former.

"I would choose to give incentives because as a productive country we know that we have a lot of communities that truly [need] help in terms of livelihood projects and that's what I've been doing with ABS-CBN Foundation, and that's why I want to choose incentives because we have to teach them how to fish rather tha just give them a fish for a day because if you teach them how to fish then it would be there for a living and it would be there sustainably in them," she responded.

In her profile on the website of the pageant, Tee said she advocates the promotion of eco-tourism in the country.

"I want to help strengthen communities through this. Every community will have inclusive growth through area development, preserving their culture and environmental stewardship. This will help alleviate poverty by providing livelihood through its participation in eco-tourism and help improve the environment through the conscious effort of the community to work together towards the sustainable development of the eco-tourism area," she said.

Meanwhile, Karen Nicole Piccio from Maasin, Ilo-ilo was hailed as Miss Philippines Ecotourism 2019.

The other "elemental winners" were Alexandra Dayrit (Miss Philippines Fire), Chelsea Fernandez (Miss Philippines Water), and Ana Monica Tan (Miss Philippines Air).

The coronation was held in Okada Manila in Parañaque City.