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Parañaque City’s Naelah Alshorbaji is Miss Philippines Earth 2021, crowned virtually

Naelah Alshorbaji, 23, of Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines has been crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2021. The model and a real estate agent of Filipino and Syrian descent bested 65 other candidates.

Alshorbaji is 5’8″ tall. Before competing at Miss Philippines Earth 2021, she was Miss Manila 2017 fourth runner-up and Miss Parañaque 2019. She is of Filipino and Syrian descent.

“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 believe that despite the restrictions in terms of the pandemic, we have social media to progress and move forward,” Alshorbaji answered. “I think that’s the beauty of the generation that we’re going through right now. Moving forward, I think I can accomplish my goals and dreams regardless because I have a bright future even during the pandemic. I hope that inspires people around us.” 

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Hosted by Robi Domingo, the Miss Philippines Earth 2021 coronation ceremony 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.

Aside from Alshorbaji, four other queens were crowned namely Miss Philippines Air 2021 Ameera Almamari, 19, of Atimonan, Quezon, Miss Philippines Water 2021 Rocel Angelah Songano, 18, of Iloilo City, 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.

When Baeyens represented the Philippines at Miss Earth 2020 on November 29, 2020, she lost to Coffey but won the Miss Earth-Water 2020 title. The other winners were Miss Earth-Air 2020 Stephany Zreik, 25, of Venezuela and Miss Earth-Fire 2020 Michala Rubinstein, 28, of Denmark.

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