Representing Batangas, Maureen Montagne, 25, was crowned Miss Eco Philippines 2018 on October 7, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. She will represent the Philippines in Miss Eco International 2019 in Cairo, Egypt.
In the final question and answer portion, Montagne was asked about the resilience of the Filipinos in times of calamities and if she believes that the Filipino spirit is just about smiling despite the hardships encountered. She said, “I think that Filipinos are so unique that they have these values that I’m very proud of.”
“We are not only resilient but we’re very hardworking,” Montagne continued. “No matter where we go, no matter where in the world, you’ll see that. Filipinos are top leaders.”
“They’re so intelligent, so kind, and they bring the Filipino spirit wherever they go,” the beauty queen from Batangas said of Filipino people. “We should all be very, very proud of being Filipinos. Thank you.”
Before being crowned as Miss Eco Philippines 2018, Montagne received four sponsor awards, namely Miss Blue Water Day Spa, Miss Tanduay, Miss Philippine Airlines and Miss GCOX. She was also named Top Model, which was her ticket to the Final 16.
Miss World president Julia Morley, 79, attended the Miss World Philippines 2018 coronation night. Among the 17 judges were Miss World 2013 Megan Young, 28, of the Philippines, Miss World 2016 Stephanie del Valle, 21, of Puerto Rico and reigning Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar, 21, of India.
The date when reigning Miss Eco International 2018 Cynthia Thomalla is crowning her successor has yet to be confirmed. Montagne is expected to compete against around 80 Miss Eco International 2019 candidates from around the world.
Before representing Batangas in Miss World Philippines 2018, Montagne represented Arizona twice in the United States. She finished in the Top 15 in Miss USA 2015 and and first runner-up in Miss World USA 2017.
Aside from Montagne, three other queens were crowned during the Miss World Philippines 2018 coronation night. They are Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez, 26, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2018 Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez, 22, and Miss Multinational Philippines 2018 Kimi-Lei Mugford, 18.
Meanwhile, here is Thomalla answering beauty pageant questions: