Cebu City candidate Jamie Herrell was hailed Miss Philippines Earth 2014 during the coronation night held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on May 11.
The 19-year-old stunner bested 49 other candidates for the crown, and is expected to compete for the Miss Earth International pageant usually held in November.
The runners-up were Kimberly Covert from Dumaguete City who was crowned Miss Philippines-Water; Dianne Querrer, Miss Philippines-Air; Bianca Paz, Miss Philippines-Fire; and Monique Manuel, Miss Philippines-Eco Tourism.
Herrell impressed the judges with her reply in the question-and-answer portion of the competition, answering a question from former Akbayan partylist Rep. Risa Hontiveros, “Do you think that we, human beings, have been good children to Mother Earth?”
Her answer: “Honestly, in my opinion, we haven’t been good children. In fact, I believe that we are the number one cause of her problems, we are the reason why we’re having climate change, and we are the reason why we’re having floods. But in return, if we can only help her and salvage her, she will help us back and take care of us too.”
Herrell is an advocate for animal rights.
“My environmental advocacy is anti-animal cruelty. Because I have seen how some people treat animals in a wrong way and I believe animals should be treated with love or at least in a proper manner,” she said.
The Cebu City beauty is an Acting student from the International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) in Mactan, Cebu. She is also the former Sinulog Festival Queen of 2013, and received two other awards—Best in Swimsuit and Best in Cultural Attire—in Miss Earth Philippines 2014.