PH's Kelley Day lands 1st runner-up in Miss Eco International 2020

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5) — Philippines' pride Kelley Day was named the first runner-up during the coronation night of Miss Eco International 2020.

Gizzelle Uys of South Africa ultimately brought home the crown during the beauty pageant held in Egypt on Monday (Philippine time). U.S.A.'s Alexandria Kelly was named second runner-up, while Venezuela's Stefania Rodriguez and Costa Rica's Kristell Ruiz finished third and fourth runners-up, respectively.

During the question-and-answer portion for the Top 5 finalists, Day was asked how she will promote safety amid rising violence in schools. In her impassioned answer, she made an appeal.

"Unfortunately, as the world is going through a lot of changes right now, there is violence. The best thing we can do right now is to improve the security in schools. There has to be things like security checks and metal detectors," she said. "That's really all we can do right now and just share the word. As I am standing here on this stage, I have the opportunity to tell anyone who is planning to do something to children, to stop. Look after our generation, please."

The 24-year-old Filipino actress and performer on variety show "It's Showtime" previously bagged the Best National Costume of the competition.