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Iloilo City’s Rocel Angelah Songano is Miss Philippines Water 2021

Rocel Angelah Songano, 18, of Iloilo City, Philippines almost won Miss Philippines Earth 2021. It was Naelah Alshorbaji, 23, of Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines who won the title.

Songano is a senior high school student and is 5’6.5″ tall. She won gold in the creative talent category, which was one of the preliminary competitions of Miss Philippines Earth 2021.

Since Songano was 8 years old, she has been into arts. Her environmental advocacy is called Hearth: Home. Earth. Art.

“You have goals in life and things you want to do,” the Miss Earth Philippines 2021 top 10 finalists were asked in the final question-and-answer round. “Given the ongoing pandemic with lots of restrictions, how do you plan to move forward?”

“I plan to move forward through my passions and one of those passions is serving and protecting the environment,” Sangano answered. “I can do this through my other passion, which is also through arts. Through this, I know that we can attain an ideal environment where both humanity and the natural world can thrive together in harmony.”

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Robi Domingo hosted the Miss Philippines Earth 2021 coronation ceremony, which was held virtually due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and broadcast on August 8, 2021. Reigning Miss Earth 2020 Lindsey Coffey, 29, of the United States and Miss Earth 2018 Nguyễn Phương Khánh, 26, of Vietnam served as judges along with Kim Atienza, 57, Marc Nelson, 49, Michael Seifert and Carousel Productions executive vice president Lorraine Schuck.

Including Alshorbaji and Songano, 66 candidates competed for the Miss Philippines Earth 2021 title. The Iloilo City representative ranked third and won the Miss Philippines Water 2021 title.

Aside from Alshorbaji and Songano, three other queens were crowned namely Miss Philippines Air 2021 Ameera Almamari, 19, of Atimonan, Quezon, Miss Philippines Fire 2021 Roni Meneses, 26, of Mandaluyong City and Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2021 Sofia Lopez Galve, 24, of Tanay, Rizal. In case Alshorbaji is not able to represent the Philippines at Miss Earth 2021, she will be replaced by Almamari, Songano, Meneses or Galve.

Miss Philippines Earth 2020 Roxanne Allison Baeyens, 24, of Baguio City, Philippines was also crowned virtually on July 5, 2020. The other winners were Miss Philippines Air 2020 Patrixia Shirley Santos, 28, of Daraga, Albay, Miss Philippines Water 2020 Maria Gianna Llanes, 25, of Mandaluyong City, Miss Philippines Fire 2020 Marie Sherry Ann Quintana Tormes, 29, of Atimonan, Quezon and Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2021 Ilyssa Marie Mendoza, 20, of Melbourne, Australia.

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