LOOK: Karen Ibasco and Winwyn Marquez's Pageant-Winning Answers

It's no wonder they won their respective crowns!

(SPOT.ph) Pageant season has just begun, and two gorgeous Filipinas have already taken home the crowns over the weekend! First up was Karen Ibasco, who clinched the Miss Earth 2017 title on Saturday, November 4.

 

 

The 26-year-old college instructor graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Applied Physics. Although she initially had plans to take up Medicine, she currently works as a medical physicist.

 

There were two Q&A portions during the Miss Earth coronation night. During the first segment, the Top 8 finalists were asked their opinion on a certain hashtag. Karen's was for biodiversity, which she answered with:

 

"Biodiversity is very important. We are very known in the Philippines to have a lot of biodiversity, and they're very important because they also balance the ecosystem. It's very important for us to protect them, because as we protect them, we protect the environment to help save our home, our planet, our Earth, to be a better place to live in. Thank you."

 

 

For the Top 4 finalists, they were also asked the same question: "Who or what do you think is the biggest enemy of Mother Earth and why?" This was Karen's winning answer:

 

"I believe that the real problem in this world is not climate change; the real problem is us because of our ignorance and apathy. What we have to do is to start changing our ways, to start recalibrating our minds, and redirecting our steps, because together, as a global community, our micro efforts will have a macro effect to help save our home, our planet. Thank you."

 

 

Meanwhile, Winwyn Marquez flew to Bolivia for the Reina Hispanoamericana coronation night on Sunday, November 5. She is the first Filipina to win the pageant, which celebrates "Hispanic heritage and culture."

 

The daughter of Joey Marquez and Alma Moreno, Winwyn is no stranger to the pageant circuit. In 2015, she joined Binibining Pilipinas (which Pia Wurtzbach eventually won) and in August 2017, she tried her hand at the Miss World-Philippines pageant.

 

 

During Sunday night's pageant, she was asked how she would promote the Hispanic-American culture despite a language barrier. She answered:

 

"Language can be learned but the will and determination to contribute to the organization cannot. It has to come from the heart. It has to be natural. I believe that kindness is a universal language that if you treat people with tolerance, patience, and love, you will understand each other.

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The Hispanic culture is not about language only. It’s about love for God, love for country, love for history and culture and love for family. As a Filipina with a unique heritage, I have instilled that. I am ready to promote the Hispanic culture not just in Asia but in the whole world. It is time to celebrate the Hispanic culture. It is meant to be celebrated."

 

As for the other upcoming pageants, Katarina Rodriguez will represent the Philippines in Miss Intercontinental 2017 (slated for December 21), while Rachel Peters will compete for the Miss Universe crown (slated for November 26).

 

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