By CNN Philippines Staff
The country’s bet for the Miss Earth pageant this year ascended to the top 8, but failed to claim the title on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Silvia Celeste Cortesi scaled the ranks but her journey was cut short during the hashtag and question and answer portion. The question and answer round requires candidates to describe their opinion on the topic of hashtag assigned to them.
Cortesi shared the importance of respect when she was tasked to talk about “#Malnutrition.”
“My perspective on malnutrition actually depends on my values and beliefs. I think that it’s about respect, and I think that respect is the key to serve the purpose of our knowledge and humanity,” Cortesi answered.
In the end, Miss Earth-Vietnam Nguyen Phuong Khanh won the title.
Khanh succeeds last year’s Philippines’ bet Karen Ibasco as Miss Earth 2018.