Michelle Arceo Kain, 23, of Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines is Miss Environment Philippines 2021. She was crowned during the Miss World Philippines 2021 coronation night in Olongapo City, Philippines on October 3, 2021.
The Miss World Philippines 2021 coronation night was held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center in the Subic Special Economic and Freeport Zone in Olongapo City. It was the 10th edition of the national beauty pageant that selects the Philippines’ candidates for Miss World, Miss Environment International and other international beauty pageants.
Arceo’s father is American while her mother is Filipino. In 2017, Arceo won the “Gandang Filipina” competition of the GMA 7 show “Wowowin.”
On September 15, 2019, Arceo represented Eastern Samar at Miss World Philippines 2019 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City where she competed against 39 other candidates including Tracy Maureen Perez, 28, of Cebu City. They both finished in the Top 10.
Perez went on to win Miss World Philippines 2021. Meanwhile, Arceo will represent the Philippines at the inaugural Miss Environment International 2022 in Mumbai, India in March 2022.
Broadcast live by KTX, the Miss World Philippines 2021 coronation night was hosted by Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2018 Alyssa Muhlach, 25, Mister World Asia and Oceania 2019 Jody Baines “JB” Saliba, 28, Xian Lim, 32, and RJ Ledesma. Including Perez and Arceo, 44 candidates competed for seven titles.
The other winners were Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2021 Emmanuelle Vera, 26, of Taguig City, Miss Eco Philippines 2021 Kathleen Joy Paton, 24, of Aklan, Miss Tourism Philippines 2021 Trisha O. Martinez, 23, of Pila, Laguna and Miss Multinational Philippines 2021 Shaila Mae Rebortera, 25, of Talisay City, Cebu. Among the teenage candidates, Tatyana Alexi Austria, 18, of Parañaque City was crowned Miss Eco Teen Philippines 2021.
There were 16 judges including Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., 55, Harry Roque, 54, Teejay Marquez, 28, David Licauco, 27, Elise Joson, 25, Anna Vicente, 23, Global Terminals and Development Inc. managing director Genevieve Christine Montano, Youth Football League president Mike Atayde and Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, 52, who served as the chairman of the board of judges.
“Would you rather live in a world without the pandemic or without corruption?” Vicente asked Arceo during the question-and-answer portion. The Filipino-American candidate answered, “I would pick a world without corruption because we’re surrounded by it every day and everywhere we look.”
“It can really suffer the lives…” Arceo continued. “People every day suffer from it and it can affect everyday people. If we can eradicate that, we can solve so many problems and we can get through a pandemic easily the next time we go about it. We, the people, need to be taken care of. Thank you.”