MANILA, Philippines – It's a back-to-back Miss Earth win for the Philippines! The Philippines' Angelia Ong was crowned Miss Earth 2015 at the pageant's coronation night held Saturday, December 5 (early morning Sunday, December 6 in Manila) in Vienna, Austria. (READ: FULL LIST: Winners, Miss Earth 2015)
Reigning queen Jamie Herrell, also from the Philippines, crowned her successor after an emotional turn on the stage. The pageant is also celebrating its 15th year, and this is the pageant's first time to hold the coronation in Europe.
Watch Angelia's winning moment below:
Angelia beat out 85 other ladies for the crown.
The following were the runners-up:
The evening began with an upbeat number from the 86 candidates, dressed in matching pink and white ensembles with each lady taking turns introducing themselves to the public in groups.
Earlier, there was a video spiel about what the ladies stood for as a group – the protection and preservation of our environment.
Hosts Joey Mead King and Oli Pettigrew announced the top 4 ladies who had the best eco videos, a special Miss Earth project that sheds light on the candidates' various environmental projects.
The delegates from the following countries had the top 4 videos:
Best Eco Video award went to the USA.
After a series of preliminary rounds that took place before the coronation night, the top 16 were decided and promptly announced:
The swimsuit competition came next, with all of the top 16 walking the stage in swimsuits by Filipino designer Ricky Abad.
First Miss Earth winner Catharina Svensson was among many other previous Miss Earth queens in the audience, and she gave the ladies some sound advice: to stay focused on the noble cause.
A performance of "Here I Am" from Eric Papilaya followed.
This was followed by the evening gown portion, starring the top 16.
The top 8 were announced after this round. These included the ladies from the following countries:
The question-and-answer portion followed.
Watch the whole thing here:
Here are a few pictures from the segment, which included a tough question about what Miss USA might say to US President Obama about climate change, Miss Australia's environmental hero, and more.
After this, Jamie Herrell took one last turn onstage as Miss Earth.
And Jamie happily crowned her fellow Filipino as the new Miss Earth. Check out the pictures here:
It's a Back to Back #MissEarth win for the Philippines! Congratulations to Angelia Ong! A photo posted by Miss Earth (@missearth) on Dec 5, 2015 at 1:31pm PST
#MissEarth Air 2015 is Dayanna Grageda from Australia! A photo posted by Miss Earth (@missearth) on Dec 5, 2015 at 1:29pm PST
#MissEarth Water 2015 is Britanny Payne from the USA! A photo posted by Miss Earth (@missearth) on Dec 5, 2015 at 1:28pm PST
#MissEarth Fire 2015 is Thiessa Sickert from Brazil! A photo posted by Miss Earth (@missearth) on Dec 5, 2015 at 1:27pm PST
Watch the winners' announcement below:
Congratulations to the winners! – Rappler.com
More Miss Earth 2015: