PH bet is 1st runner-up in Miss Eco International 2019

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) — Filipino-American beauty queen Maureen Montagne nearly won a back-to-back crown for the Philippines at the Miss Eco International 2019 where she was named first runner-up.

Reigning queen Cynthia Thomalla from Southern Leyte passed on the crown to Peru's Suheyn Cipriani during the pageant's coronation in Egypt on Saturday. Miss USA finished 2nd runner-up, followed by Miss Ukraine and Miss Malaysia.

Montagne, born to a Filipina mother and French father also won first runner-up in Miss World USA in 2017, representing the state of Arizona.

Prior to the announcement of winners, the 5'7" model took the time to thank supporters who have been part of her "incredible" journey.

"No matter what happens I will leave Egypt full of love, light, and new found purpose," she said on Instagram.

Over 60 countries joined this year's Miss Eco International which advocates sustainable tourism and environmental protection.