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Tanay, Rizal’s Sofia Lopez Galve is Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2021

Sofia Lopez Galve, 24, of Tanay, Rizal, Philippines almost won Miss Philippines Earth 2021. It was Naelah Alshorbaji, 23, of Parañaque City, Metro Manila who won the title.

Before competing at Miss Philippines Earth 2021, Galve was Miss Tourism Philippines 2017 third runner-up. She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila.

“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 by sticking to my plan, which is to create my camping site in Barangay Cayabu, and to help the indigenous peoples there in Tanay and also, I would like to invite everyone to please heed the call for the 17 sustainable development goals because that is our plan for the future,” Galve answered. “That is the plan that will get us to a better and greener planet by 2030.”

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

Including Alshorbaji and Galve, 66 candidates competed for the Miss Philippines Earth 2021 title. The Tanay representative ranked fifth and won the Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2021 title.

Aside from Alshorbaji and Galve, three 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 and Miss Philippines Fire 2021 Roni Meneses, 26, of Mandaluyong City. 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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