Maria Gianna Margarita Llanes, 24, of Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila almost won Miss Philippines Earth 2020. Crowned Miss Philippines Earth -Water 2020, she was one of the runners-up of the 20th edition of the environmental-themed beauty pageant, succeeding Miss Philippines Earth-Water 2019 Chelsea Lovely Fernandez of Tacloban City.
Born in the Philippines to business executive Jovy Llanes and psychologist Ria Macapagal Salgado, Gianna was 6 years old when she and her family moved to Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. After a few years, the family moved back to the Philippines.
After graduating from Faith Academy in Cainta, Rizal, Gianna entered Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, Metro Manila where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications. In 2014, she won the MYX VJ Search and served as a courtside reporter for the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77, the 2014-2015 UAAP athletic year.
Gianna also worked as a news reporter for the Philippines Canadian Inquirer. Before joining Miss Philippines Earth 2020, she was unplaced in Miss World Philippines 2018 and was Miss Mandaluyong 2019 first runner-up.
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Exactly a week ago, we had our third and final @missphilearth preliminary competition. I woke up at 4:30am that morning absolutely terrified with how this specific round would result for me. The entire studio setup was done on my own (nobody was in the room with me) because I felt like that’s when I can focus best. 💕 No matter the turnout of this pageant, I am so lucky to have had an opportunity to discuss our intergenerational responsibility, the importance of cultural understanding as a second-generation immigrant, and why we must do everything we can to shed a light on our marginalized communities, especially here in the Philippines. 🇵🇭 The responses I have received after this round has been so heartwarming as people shared their own stories in relation to the statements I made. 🤗 Just a few more days left before coronation night! 👑 PARA SA MANDALUYONG! 🐅💙 #GiannaLlanes #MPE2020 #GiannafortheEarth #GianNature #GoGianna #GoMandaluyong #EcoAngel #BeautieswithaCause
Including Gianna, 33 candidates competed in Miss Philippines Earth 2020. Hosted by Paolo Bediones and aired on GMA Network, the coronation night was held virtually on July 5, 2020 because of the ongoing new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
It was Roxanne Allison Baeyens, 23, of Baguio City who won the Miss Philippines Earth 2020 title. The other runners-up were Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2020 Ilyssa Marie Mendoza, 19, of Melbourne, Australia, Miss Philippines Air 2020 Patrixia Shirley Santos, 27, of Daraga, Albay and Miss Philippines Earth Fire 2020 Marie Sherry Ann “Shane” Quintana Tormes, 28, of Atimonan, Quezon.
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.