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Roxanne Baeyens is Miss Philippines Earth 2020; Igorot beauty queen is from Baguio City

Roxanne Allison Baeyens, 23, of Baguio City was crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2020 on July 5, 2020. The Igorot beauty queen bested 32 other candidates.

Hosted by Paolo Bediones, the Miss Philippines Earth 2020 coronation night was held virtually because of the ongoing new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It was the 20th edition of the beauty pageant, which aired on GMA Network.

Aside from winning the Miss Earth Philippines 2020 title, Baeyens also won the Social Media Award and the Best Eco-Video Award and was chosen as the Darling of the Press. The other special awards were Miss Eco Award and Hana Beauty, which were given to Lyka Chamberlaigneh Lagasca, 20, of La-lo, Cagayan and Marie Sherry Ann “Shane” Quintana Tormes, 28, of Atimonan, Quezon, respectively.

Tormes was crowned Miss Philippines Earth Fire 2020. The other winners were Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2020 Ilyssa Marie Mendoza, 19, of Melbourne, Australia, Miss Philippines Water 2020 Maria Gianna Llanes, 24, of Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila and Miss Philippines Air 2020 Patrixia Shirley Santos, 27, of Daraga, Albay.

In the preliminary events, Baeyens won bronze in the Beach Wear competition. She won gold in the Best COVID Craze Outfit.

 

In the first round of the question and answer question, Baeyens talked about the general community quarantine (GCQ), which was implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was asked, “What is your take on social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands more often?”

“I think taking social distancing and taking proper precaution should still be continued despite us being in GCQ,” Baeyens answered. “We are allowed to go back to our jobs not because it is safe but because livelihood is important so let us not put our guards down. Let’s continue to take cautions and let’s work in solidarity to put an end to this pandemic.”

In the final question and answer portion, the top five candidates were asked the same question. Baeyens, Santos, Llanes, Tormes and Mendoza were asked, “What important quality should a leader display amidst a pandemic?”

“A leader should display having a green thumb because at this point in time we have a shortage in food supply,” Baeyens answered. “So, it’s important to open the eyes of people to embrace having a sustainable life to start urban agriculture at their own homes after all a green life is a better life and I hope the leader will give that to us.”

Miss Earth 2005 Alexandra Braun, 37, of Venezuela and Miss Earth 2010 Nicole Faria, 30, of India were among the judges. Also in the panel of judges were Miss World Philippines 1975 Suzanne Talam Gonzalez-Gommer, GMA Network Inc. first vice president Jose Mari Abacan, Hana Shampoo maker Peerless Products marketing director Carlos Bacani and Maleki GmbH founder Matthias Gelber.

Baeyens succeeded Miss Earth Philippines 2019 Janelle Tee. In 2019, the Baguio City native represented the Philippines in Miss Tourism and Culture Universe in Myanmar and was the first runner-up.

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